As gas prices across the country continue to rise, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp on Wednesday announced that he and the state’s general assembly would work to temporarily halt gas taxes.
In a press release, Kemp’s office noted that average gas prices in Georgia have skyrocketed over 50 percent in the last year.
The tax suspension would take effect when Kemp signs the legislation, which he said he is working alongside the Georgia House and Senate to quickly move forward, The Hill reports.
The tax suspension would last through the end of May.
Due to a total failure of leadership in Washington, we are actively working with the Georgia House & Senate to quickly move legislation that will temporarily suspend the state’s motor fuel tax & lessen the significant impact higher gas prices are having on Georgia families. (1/2)
— Governor Brian P. Kemp (@GovKemp) March 8, 2022
“Because of our strong, fiscally conservative approach to budgeting, Lt. Governor Duncan, Speaker Ralston, and I can confidently propose a state motor fuel tax suspension to curb sky-high gas prices while also returning money back to hardworking Georgians through a tax refund and an income tax cut,” Kemp said in a statement.
“With this latest measure, we are making it even more clear that in Georgia we are going to empower families to keep their money in their own pockets,” he added.
Kemp also blamed Biden for the high gas prices.
Meanwhile, Michigan’s Republican-led state legislature will also soon vote on whether or not to freeze the state’s gas tax for six months.