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Georgia governor to work with legislature to temporarily halt state gas tax

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Georgia governor to work with legislature to temporarily halt state gas tax

Gov. Brian Kemp speaks during a televised town hall on March 26. Screen shot taken from a live feed of the town hall event.

Atlanta, GA — Gov. Brian Kemp has announced that he plans to work with the Georgia General Assembly to temporarily suspend the state’s excise tax on motor fuel sales.

The average price per gallon of gas has increased from $2.59 to $4.06 since March 2021 in the state, according to a press release from Kemp’s office. Researchers estimate that the average household in the United States could spend an extra $2,000 a year on gas as a result of increases in fuel costs, the press release says.

Kemp, along with Lieutenant Governor Geoff Duncan and House Speaker David Ralston, will work to alleviate the burden placed on Georgia residents. The measures will take effect once the governor signs House Bill 304, and it will remain in place through May 31.

Duncan said he looks forward to working with Ralston and the Senate to quickly pass the bill “as a counterweight against the extreme rise in gas prices.”

“I applaud Governor Kemp for delivering bold leadership that will provide crucial relief for Georgians at the gas pump,” Duncan said.

Ralston added he is proud to join Kemp and Duncan in supporting a temporary suspension of the Georgia’s gas taxes.

“We know that Georgia families and businesses are hurting from outrageously high gas prices,” Ralston said. “In these extraordinary times, every little bit helps, and we remain focused on keeping our people and our economy moving.”

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