Dems’ American Rescue Plan Allows Kemp to Extend Gas Tax Suspension Through End Of Year, But He Says Lower Gas Prices “Can Only Last For So Long”
As Georgia families prepare to travel for July Fourth, which is expected to have a record number of drivers on the roads and projected to be one of the most expensive travel weekends in years, Gov. Brian Kemp is still refusing to commit to suspending the state gas tax through the end of the year to help Georgians save at the pump.
After Stacey Abrams called on Kemp to suspend Georgia’s gas tax through the end of the year to support hardworking families in the long term, the governor still won’t take action to extend the gas tax suspension.
Instead, Kemp says the gas tax suspension “can only last for so long” despite the billions of dollars Democrats’ American Rescue Plan sent to Georgia, which boosted state funds and the state budget. Kemp called Democrats’ American Rescue Plan “a slap in the face” and urged Georgia’s U.S. Senators to opposeit — even though the “massive federal COVID-19 relief funding” has provided enough of a boost to state funds that Georgia can suspend the gas tax through the end of 2022.
“As a record number of Americans hit the road to travel for the July Fourth holiday weekend, Brian Kemp’s refusal to suspend the gas tax through the end of the year means Georgias will continue facing higher costs and uncertainty. The governor has instead used the gas tax as a tool for his re-election campaign, suspending it for just weeks at a time — if he was serious about helping hardworking families save at the pump, he’d commit to suspending it through the end of the year, like Stacey Abrams has called for,” asserted Max Flugrath, spokesman for the Democratic Party of Georgia.