After the skyrocketing prices of gasoline which affect American families, six liberal governors are now requesting congress to suspend the federal gas tax of 18.3 cents.
The six Democrats who are calling Biden’s immediate attention to the matter are Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan, Jared Polis of Colorado, Tim Waltz of Minnesota, Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania, Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico, and Tony Evers of Wisconsin. Five of whom are up for re-election in November.
Last week, the governors wrote in a letter to House and Senate leadership, “At a time when people are directly impacted by rising prices on everyday goods, a federal gas tax holiday is a tool in the toolbox to reduce costs for Americans, and we urge you to give every consideration to this proposed legislation.”
Last month, some Democratic senators introduced the Gas Tax Relief Act, which called for a suspension of the collection of the federal gas tax, which is roughly 18.3 cents per gallon, until Jan. 2, 2023, but no action has been scheduled on the legislation yet. The federal gas tax hasn’t been raised since October 1993.
New York Post reported that the six governors have not taken action to reduce the tax burden on their residents.
“According to the Federation of Tax Administrators, Pennsylvania tacks on 57.6 cents per gallon — the highest state gas tax in the US. Wisconsin adds 30.9 cents per gallon to pump prices, Minnesota has a 28.5-cent-per-gallon tax, Michigan’s gas tax stands at 27.2 cents per gallon, Colorado adds 22 cents to every gallon, and New Mexico adds 17 cents.”
Meanwhile, two Republican governors took immediate actions to lower the gas prices in their states. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp have signed legislation on Friday to temporarily suspend the state-level gas tax.
Hogan said, “This bipartisan action will provide some relief from the pain at the pump and it is possible because of the prudent fiscal steps we have taken, which have resulted in a record budget surplus.”
She added, “This is, of course, not a cure-all, and market instability will continue to lead to fluctuations in prices, but we will continue to use every tool at our disposal to provide relief for Marylanders.”
In a Twitter post on Friday, Kemp announced the legislation:
“The average price of a gallon of gas has increased from $2.69 to $4.28 since March of 2021, a 59% increase, and researchers are now estimating that the average American household could spend an average of $2,000 more per year because of increased fuel cost and sky-high inflation,” Kemp said.
“While some of the more recent price hikes are due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Georgians also know that Washington, D.C., policies, and politics were driving inflation to record highs well before Putin’s despicable actions.”
Biden’s regime is always passing the blame to Russia where in fact they do all the sanctions. Now, they try all they can to shift the blame away from them, and then touted Georgia’s small government and pro-business environment.
Kemp is blaming the Biden administration for the shutdown of domestic energy and driving inflation.
“Today, I signed HB 304, to temporarily halt collection of the state gas tax, and ease the burden consumers are feeling at the pump,” Kemp continued. “We can’t fix everything that Washington has broken, but we are doing our part to lessen the impact on your wallet.”