Michigan Governor Whitmer urges Biden and Congress to suspend federal gas tax

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(UKTN DETROIT) — Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer is urging President Joe Biden and Congress to temporarily suspend the federal gasoline tax amid high pump prices.

According to AAA, the state currently sits at $5.14 a gallon, down 7 cents from last week and down for the first time in weeks. However, that’s 17 cents more than the national average, which dropped to $4.96 per gallon.

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“Americans are feeling the pain at the pumps. This month, gas hit $5 a gallon nationwide. For working families in Michigan, from Macomb to Marquette, who face rising prices for everyday expenses, this is unsustainable,” Whitmer said in the letter to Biden. “While the causes are varied, from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine to current supply chain challenges, the pain people are feeling is tangible.”

It comes as Republican and Democratic senators in Michigan moved forward with bills to suspend the gas tax late last month. Bills would pause collections on 6% sales and use taxes on gas purchases.

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AAA officials say that with the national average falling below $5, gas demand fell from 9.2 million barrels per day to 9.09 million barrels per day. Additionally, the cost of oil has gone from $122 a barrel to $110 a barrel.

“Recent high prices may have led to a slight decline in domestic gasoline demand as fewer drivers filled up last week,” AAA spokesman Andrew Gross said in a statement. . “This drop, coupled with cheaper oil, has slowed the surge in prices at the pump. And it’s happening just before drivers are fueling up for what the AAA forecast will be on a busy 4th of July.e travel weekend.

Read Whitmer’s full letter below:

“Dear President Biden:

“Americans are feeling the pain at the pumps. This month, gas hit $5 a gallon nationwide. For working families in Michigan, from Macomb to Marquette, who face rising prices for daily expenses, this is unsustainable. While the causes are varied, from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine to ongoing supply chain challenges, the pain people are feeling is tangible. We have all seen, heard or felt it ourselves. I appreciate you releasing oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, but we need to do more to help families.

“I am writing to you today to urge you to work with Congress to temporarily suspend the federal gas tax. In March, I led a group of governors to support this proposal.

“Doing this would save families money right now. As Americans bear the brunt of inflation and face rising prices for everything from groceries, childcare, rent and other essential expenses, the federal government has the ability to lower the price of fuel and put more money in their pockets. Doing this will provide real and immediate relief without compromising the federal government’s ability to make infrastructure investments.

“Here in Michigan, you have a willing partner to relieve families and put more money in people’s pockets. In March, I called for a temporary suspension of the state gasoline sales tax, and last month I proposed MI Tax Rebate Right Now, a plan to immediately send $500 to families. Michigan workers. We can achieve this milestone thanks to our effective fiscal management and our workers and small businesses that have helped our state generate billions in additional revenue. MI Tax Rebate Right Now is offering to send some of that revenue back to Michigan residents because they need it more than ever.

“I will work across the aisle with the Michigan Legislature to make this happen and I will use every tool at my disposal to ensure working families can pay the bills and put food on the table.

“The American people are counting on all of us to provide real relief at this time so they can pay the bills and put food on the table. Let’s build on the courage and determination our working families show every day. I urge you to work with Congress to temporarily suspend the federal gas tax, and I pledge to continue to find creative ways to put money back in people’s pockets.

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