15 Mar Mississippi Lawmakers Indifferent to Reality
It’s been four weeks since Jackson experienced an historic winter storm. When the weather warmed, decrepit water and sewer pipes across the city began to burst. Tens of thousands of Jacksonians lost their water completely; tens of thousands more lost adequate pressure; the entire city continues to be on a boil water notice. One would hope that it would be unimaginable that residents of the capital city of Mississippi could spend a month with no water to drink, to cook or clean, or to flush toilets. And it would have been unimaginable, if, after decades of malfeasance above-ground and decay below, the disaster wasn’t so entirely predictable. Simply, we cannot deny the ongoing impact of a history rooted in systemic racism and discrimination.
Adding insult to injury, a vast amount of property in Jackson is exempt from property taxation, including both city-owned and state-owned properties. Buildings like the Mississippi State Capitol and the Walter Sillers and E.T. Woolfolk state office buildings – each fundamental to the running of our state government – are all exempt from taxation.