State Rep. Ken Borton, R-Gaylord, today issued the following statement after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer called on the federal government to pause the federal gas tax despite her past veto of a state gas tax pause:
“To combat shockingly high gas prices, the Legislature drove forward bipartisan gas tax relief, but Gov. Whitmer slammed on the brakes. Now she’s pleading for the federal government to do what she wouldn’t. A federal gas tax pause could help, but Joe Biden’s proposal lags miles behind ours. Our plan would have paused the more expensive Michigan gas tax for twice as long, yielding much more relief for Michigan families.”
In March, Borton and the Legislature approved House Bill 5570, which would have paused Michigan’s 27.2 cents per gallon motor fuel tax for six months to help lower high gas prices. Whitmer vetoed the bipartisan bill in April.
President Joe Biden earlier today called only for a three-month pause of the federal gas tax, which costs 18.4 cents per gallon.
State Rep. Ken Borton criticized a new effort by Lansing Democrats to give union bosses more leverage over workers, fund union dues with tax credits, and allow unions to skirt campaign finance limits.
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