Gov. Kemp extends gas tax to January

Gov. Brian Kemp announces a gas tax exemption until January. (Matthew Pearson/WABE)

Gov. Brian Kemp has announced he’s extending the state gas tax suspension one last time.

WABE politics reporter Rahul Bali joined “All Things Considered” and said the tax is expected to restart on Jan. 11.

According to Bali, Kemp said it is time to transition away from the suspension of the 29-cent-a-gallon tax on unleaded and 33-cent-a-gallon tax on diesel that started back in March.

“We can’t continue to pay what we are doing on the gas tax suspension. But we do have one time that we want to help Georgians with,” said Kemp.

Kemp was referring to the billions in surplus state income tax revenues.

Two legislative proposals he intends to pursue are a one-time state income and property tax rebates totaling $2 billion.

Kemp says that could translate to about $500 for joint state income tax filers and $500 for homeowners.