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Dems’ American Rescue Plan Allows State to Extend Gas Tax Suspension Through End Of Year, But Kemp Says Lower Gas Prices “Can Only Last For So Long”
After Stacey Abrams called on Brian Kemp to suspend the state gas tax through the end of the year to help hardworking Georgians in the long term, the governor still hasn’t committed to action. Instead, Kemp’s allies are scrambling to claim credit for the policy even while the governor refuses to extend the gas tax suspension, saying it “can only last for so long.” The result? Georgia families could continue facing higher costs and uncertainty through the end of the year.
Democrats’ American Rescue Plan, which Kemp opposed, sent billions to Georgia, boosting state funds and the state budget. The “massive federal COVID-19 relief funding” provided enough of a boost to state funds that Georgia has the ability to suspend the gas tax through the end of the year.
“Instead of playing politics with the wallets of hardworking Georgians by suspending the state gas tax for a few weeks at a time, Brian Kemp should do the right thing and suspend it through the end of the year, like Stacey Abrams has called for. Thanks to a massive boost of federal funds from Democrats’ American Rescue Plan, Georgia can afford to extend the gas tax suspension through the end of 2022, but Kemp is refusing to act. If the governor really cares about helping Georgians facing inflation, he should put his money where his mouth is and take action,” said Max Flugrath, spokesman for the Democratic Party of Georgia.
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