Georgia Governor Brian Kemp announced an additional extension of the suspension of the state’s gas tax in an effort to curb high prices.

Kemp first enacted the suspension on March 18, signing legislation passed by the General Assembly.

“I am committed to fighting to ease the economic burden hardworking Georgians are facing due to disastrous policies from Washington politicians,” said Kemp. “In March, I took decisive action to help those impacted by high prices at the pump. Unfortunately, President Biden and Democratic leaders have not done their part to tackle this issue, instead calling on Americans facing record-high inflation to live more frugally. To provide actual relief to Georgians, I am once again extending the supply chain state of emergency and suspending our state motor fuel tax. In addition to these actions, I am suspending the locomotive fuel tax to help fight rising costs that are being passed on to consumers.”

The decision will continue to cut about 28 cents per gallon off the price.

Since enacting the tax reduction, Georgia’s average gas price has remained below the nation’s average. According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), the state’s average price is $4.35 per gallon, compared to the $4.84 as the national average.

“While President Biden and Democrats in Washington do nothing to help hardworking Georgians, we are again taking action to keep our people and our economy moving,” added Speaker David Ralston. “Thanks to Governor Kemp’s leadership and the proactive efforts of our General Assembly, Georgians enjoy some of the lowest fuel prices in the nation, benefitting both families and businesses. We will continue to work together to serve those who call Georgia home.”

In addition to the gas tax suspension, Kemp renewed a State of Emergency for Supply Chain Disruptions.

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Cooper Moran is a reporter for The Georgia Star News and The Star News Network. Email tips to [email protected]
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