Gov. Kemp suspends state gas and diesel taxes again

Gas prices are shown on Dec. 12, 2022, in Madison, Ga. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

Gov. Brian Kemp has again suspended Georgia’s motor fuel tax, part of Kemp’s new executive order declaring a State of Emergency for Inflation.

The order takes effect Wednesday on midnight and runs through October 12th.

Georgia’s motor fuel tax is paid at the distributor level, not by gas stations, meaning that there will be a gap of a few days before gas prices drop at your local station. Georgia’s current tax is 31 cents a gallon for gas and 35 cents a gallon for diesel

According to the governor’s office, the last gas tax suspension from March 2022 to December 2022 came out to about $1.7 billion.

“From runaway federal spending to policies that hamstring domestic energy production, all Bidenomics has done is take more money out of the pockets of the middle class,” Kemp stated in statement, pointing the finger at the Biden administration.

“While high prices continue to hit family budgets, hardworking Georgians deserve real relief and that’s why I signed an executive order today to deliver it directly to them at the pump,” added Kemp. “Working with partners in the General Assembly, we’ll continue to help Georgians weather the economic headwinds caused by this president, his administration and their allies in Congress.”

Democratic State Rep. Ruwa Romman of Duluth is raising legislative concerns about the latest suspension.

“We passed a resolution to retroactively approve the past two suspensions because it was an emergency. It seems the governor has now decided that gives him the right to do it whenever he wants,” Romman said.

“Passing a budget is the only constitutionally mandated part of our jobs … there is no justification for the way the governor is circumventing the legislative branch on the budget. Georgians are unable to afford healthcare, hospitals are shutting down, and teachers are leaving the profession in droves. We should be addressing those challenges.”