State Rep. Timmy Beson, R-Bangor Township, 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:
“Even though we sent her a bipartisan plan, Gov. Whitmer didn’t lift a finger to pause the gas tax in Michigan. She’s content to cross her fingers instead — hoping her federal allies will do something. Gas prices cost working families an arm and a leg. I supported gas tax relief to keep more money in their hands.
“The governor should have helped pass state gas tax relief; then federal relief could add more savings.”
In March, Beson 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.
From left, state Sen. Kevin Daley, R-Lum; state Rep. Timmy Beson, R-Bangor Township; and Greg Buzzard of That Guys BBQ & Grill stand together at the Labadie Rib Fest at Veterans Memorial Park in Bay City on Thursday, July 28. That Guys won first place for both ribs and sauce in the people’s choice awards at the festival.
A balanced, bipartisan state budget to support critical efforts such as police and roads, which was approved by state Rep. Timmy Beson and the Michigan Legislature earlier this month, became law today.
Rep. Beson, who sits on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on K-12 School Aid, says the Legislature and state government need to increase their attention on Michigan kids who have come through the pandemic, saying what is needed is a long-term focus on losses in educational opportunities and socialization.