Georgia Governor Suspends Gas Tax

Declares state of emergency because of high inflation, politics
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Republican Gov. Brian Kemp on Tuesday declared a state of emergency in Georgia due to the 40-year-high inflation and negative economic conditions experienced by Georgians, citing Biden administration policies. As part of this declaration, he has temporarily suspended the state’s excise tax on motor fuel for about a month “to provide direct relief to families throughout the state.”

Executive Order went into effect on Sept. 13 and will remain in effect through Oct. 12.

Suspension of the excise tax will save Georgians 31.2 cents per gallon (CPG) of gasoline and 35 CPG of diesel fuel. When the gas tax was suspended from March through December in 2022, Georgians saved approximately $1.7 billion at the pump, , according to the Governor’s Office.

The average cost of a gallon of regular gas in Georgia is currently $3.57, up from $3.24 a year ago, the Governor’s Office said, citing AAA.

“From runaway federal spending to policies that hamstring domestic energy production, all Bidenomics has done is take more money out of the pockets of the middle class,” said Kemp. “While high prices continue to hit family budgets, hardworking Georgians deserve real relief and that's why I signed an executive order today to deliver it directly to them at the pump. Working with partners in the General Assembly, we'll continue to help Georgians weather the economic headwinds caused by this president, his administration, and their allies in Congress.”

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