State Rep. Luke Meerman (R-Coopersville) issued the following statement after the president asked Congress to suspend the federal gas tax, urging Gov. Whitmer to give drivers additional savings at the pump by approving a state gas tax break as proposed by the Legislature:
“I’m the first to celebrate tax savings of any kind for Michigan families – but the federal tax is just one part of the burden at the pump, the state tax is the other. If the governor had worked with the Legislature to temporarily suspend the state gas when we approached her weeks ago, Michigan drivers would have saved hundreds of dollars at a time when they needed it most.
“But it’s not too late – we can still help Michigan’s struggling families – I am calling on the governor to follow in the president’s footsteps by signing a plan to pause the state gas tax as well. We’ve got a surplus of federal stimulus dollars sitting in our state bank accounts – it’s time to pass those savings on to taxpayers.”
In March, Rep. Meerman joined in the overwhelming, bipartisan support of 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. Gov. Whitmer vetoed the bill in April.
“Office hours are the best way for folks to let me know about the issues that matter most to them,” Meerman said. “It’s also a great opportunity for me to communicate all that’s been happening in Lansing. I’d encourage everyone to attend so we can discuss how to make Michigan the best it can be.”
Rep. Meerman today shared his disappointment with the governor’s recent proposal to divert $670 million from the Michigan Public School Employee’s Retirement System (MPSERS), which is currently $30 million in debt.
“We have a duty to prioritize the well-being and security of our state and the people we represent,” said Meerman. “The Ford-CATL project warrants careful reassessment in light of the alarming information emerging about CATL’s operations and affiliations.”
I had the profound displeasure of witnessing the Governor’s State of the State address. To hear the Governor tout progress at a time when mothers and fathers in my district are questioning whether they must find a second job just to keep up with their grocery bill shows her utter disconnect from the working families of Michigan.