State Rep. Andrew Fink, R-Adams Township, helped approve a plan to temporarily suspend the state’s tax on gasoline and diesel fuels to provide Michigan drivers immediate financial relief. The Legislature also approved a resolution calling on the governor to support energy independence, which includes ending her opposition to the Great Lakes tunnel project.
Gov. Whitmer indicated her support for legislation suspending the federal gas tax in a letter to Congress on Tuesday, but Fink said the Legislature’s approach to addressing rising inflation at the gas pump would provide more savings to more people.
“The people of Branch and Hillsdale counties, and all across Michigan, are hurting at the hands of inflation and skyrocketing gas prices that hit pocketbooks especially hard in the last week,” Fink said. “The governor’s solution is confusing. Turning to the feds to provide relief at the gas pump when the state gas tax is far higher is nonsensical. Our plan provides real relief – not just rhetoric.”
The House bill approved Wednesday suspends the state’s gas and diesel taxes, which are among the highest in the nation. The gas tax pause would remove Michigan’s 27 cents per gallon fuel tax for the next six months, until the end of the fiscal year. Drivers across the state stand to save approximately $750 million over that time, much more than they would save from a pause in the smaller federal fuel tax. Giving drivers a break from both fuel taxes would amount to 45 cents per gallon savings.
The Senate will vote on the bill next week, sending the plan to the governor’s desk.
“Legislators are sent to Lansing to be a good steward of the people’s tax dollars – money they worked hard to earn – but this plan is focused on the wrong priorities, and spends those dollars inefficiently and irresponsibly,” Fink said. “Carelessly funneling public funds to further bloat state departments and bankroll pet projects is the last thing Michigan needs right now as families continue to struggle at the hands of inflation and young Michiganians continue to leave the state in droves.”
Rep. Fink continues to be concerned about inviting Chinese companies and hundreds of Chinese nationals to Michigan. The legislator is calling for more oversight ahead of the projects.
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