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Rep. Meerman supports plan to provide real relief to Michiganders at the gas pump
RELEASE|March 9, 2022
Contact: Luke Meerman

State Rep. Luke Meerman, R-Coopersville, today approved a plan suspending the state’s tax on gasoline and diesel fuels to provide Michigan drivers with immediate financial relief amid skyrocketing gas prices. The Legislature also approved a resolution calling on the governor to support energy independence by 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 Meerman said the Legislature’s approach to the state’s gas tax would provide more savings to more people.

“Why the governor would ask the federal government to suspend the federal gas tax rather than taking it upon herself to simply remove the more costly state gas tax is beyond me,” Meerman said. “Our state has $4 billion in surplus revenue at its disposal – this plan won’t hurt any essential services or impact road maintenance projects. It’s time to offer real savings to Michigan drivers.”

The House bill approved today 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 stand to save approximately $750 million over that time, which is 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, putting the plan on the governor’s desk.

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