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Rep. Beson votes to suspend gas tax, lower prices for Michigan drivers
RELEASE|March 9, 2022
Contact: Timothy Beson

As rising fuel prices continue to increase costs on Michigan families, state Rep. Timmy Beson and the Michigan House of Representatives today approved a plan to remove the state gas tax for six months.

House Bill 5570 would suspend the state motor fuel tax beginning April 1. By pausing the tax of 27.2 cents per gallon, the plan is estimated to save Michigan drivers about $750 million over the six-month period.

“Not everyone can work from home. With higher gas prices, the cost is real for people who drive to work every day,” said Beson, R-Bangor Township. “I am always trying to figure out ways to help working people in Bay County — like removing the state gas tax for a while. Our state has lots of taxpayer money, so we can easily give Michigan drivers the relief they need.”

House passage of the plan comes despite a political cop-out by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who yesterday urged Congress to support current legislation that would suspend the federal gas tax temporarily. The federal tax is only 18.4 cents per gallon, and the Legislature’s plan would enable greater savings on each gallon of gas.

Beson and the House also adopted House Resolution 250, calling for Whitmer and the federal government to support policies to enable energy independence in the United States.

The House approved HB 5570 with bipartisan support, and it now proceeds to the Senate, which is expected to approve the plan next week.

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