Columbus Republican Rep. Gary Chism, the dean of the Golden Triangle legislative delegation, has resigned, citing family medical issues.
This time, it was different.
In 2009, State Rep. Gary Chism suffered a stroke.
Several issues still need addressing if the city or county hope to see a 2-percent restaurant sales tax restored after it expires June 30.
State Representative Gary Chism is out of the hospital after suffering a “mild” stroke over the weekend, his colleagues have confirmed.
Rep. Jeff Smith said his opposition to Lowndes County’s failed request for an extension on its 2-percent restaurant sales tax was based on his belief that “new” tax should first be approved by the voters.
It is the nature of the job that a legislator must sometimes defy popular opinion to do what he knows is best for his community.
It’s the nature of the job for tourism officials to look ahead and in the aftermath of this week’s failed effort to extend Lowndes County’s 2-percent restaurant tax, that is what Nancy Carpenter was doing Wednesday morning.
The bill to extend Lowndes County’s 2-percent restaurant sales tax is all but dead, as local business, government, economic development and tourism officials begin to absorb the bleak consequences.
The Mississippi legislature ends its 2018 session as soon as today and Rep. Jeff Smith and Rep. Gary Chism will come home to Columbus.
They can stay home, as far as I am concerned.
District 37 Rep. Gary Chism offered mixed reviews to The Dispatch Thursday on suggestions that came out of a joint meeting of Columbus and Lowndes County leaders at Trotter Convention Center to discuss renewing the 2-percent restaurant tax.