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Sen. Johnson supports gas tax relief

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Ruth Johnson on Tuesday voted to suspend the state’s tax on gasoline and diesel fuels for six months to provide relief to Michigan drivers.

“This gas tax holiday will give much-needed relief to families, seniors, and small businesses struggling with rising costs,” said Johnson, R-Holly. “Under the Biden administration, we are seeing the highest inflation in over four decades.

“With the average cost of a gallon of gas at $4.23 in Michigan and even higher in Oakland County, the people need relief. If the governor can ask Congress to suspend the 18-cent federal gas tax, she should be willing to do the same for the state’s gas tax to help Michigan drivers.”

The state of Michigan currently imposes a 27.2 cents per gallon excise tax on gasoline and diesel fuel.

House Bill 5570 would suspend the state’s motor fuel tax from April 1, 2022 through Sept. 30, 2022.

According to AAA, the average per gallon for regular gasoline in Michigan is $4.23. It was $2.80 a year ago. The average price in Oakland County is $4.28 per gallon.

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