Steve Wilson is the investigative editor at Mississippi Matters. He appears weekly on Wednesday mornings on WMXI 98.1 FM's "Pine Belt Daybreak" program in Hattiesburg with Michael Pol and Ted Tibbett to talk about his work and Mississippi politics.
On Wednesday, Wilson discussed Tuesday's primary elections, the campaign contribution given to the mayor of Southaven by a developer that will receive $5 million in tax increment financing on a $200 million mixed-use development and the ever-increasing amount of revenue from local tourism taxes.
Collections for local tourism taxes have increased 151 percent since 2004, according to data from the Mississippi Department of Revenue. That's because the number of cities and counties levying the taxes has gone from 59 in 2004 to 90 as of July 1.