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Six Democratic governors are calling for a pause on federal gas taxes through 2023 as prices soar

Six Democratic governors – five of whom are up for re-election in November – have asked Congress to pass legislation suspending the state gas tax until next year as prices at the pump hit record highs afterwards President Biden ordered an import ban on Russian oil.

The six governors — Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan, Jared Polis of Colorado, Tim Waltz of Minnesota, Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania, Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico, and Tony Evers of Wisconsin — noted in a letter to leaders of the House and Senate on Tuesday that the average price of a gallon of gas for the day reached $4.173, surpassing the previous peak set in summer 2008.

“At a time when people are directly affected by rising prices for essential goods, a federal gas tax holiday is one tool in the toolbox to bring down costs for Americans, and we urge you to embrace this proposed legislation fully.” to consider,” wrote the sextet.

the Gas Tax Relief Actintroduced last month by Senate Democrats would suspend collection of the federal gas tax of 18.3 cents a gallon until January 1, 2023. The federal gas tax has not been increased since October 1993 and is not linked to inflation not linked to inflation hit a four-decade high in January this year.

Gas prices hit Gas hit $4.173 on Tuesday.
The median price for a gallon of gasoline hit $4,173 on Tuesday.
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Biden announced on Tuesday that the US would ban imports of Russian oil.
Biden announced on Tuesday that the US would ban imports of Russian oil.
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For all their complaints about the federal tax, five of the six governors lead states that impose even higher gas taxes on their own citizens.

According to the Association of Tax Administrators, Pennsylvania charges 57.6 cents per gallon – the highest state gas tax in the US. Wisconsin adds 30.9 cents per gallon to pump prices, Minnesota has a 28.5 cents per gallon tax, Michigan’s gas tax is 27.2 cents per gallon, Colorado adds 22 cents per gallon and New Mexico adds 17 cents .

All governors will face voters this year except for Wolf, who has a limited term in Pennsylvania.

Among the signers of the letter was Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan.
Among the signers of the letter was Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan.
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Governor Jared Polis of Colorado in 2018.
Governor Jared Polis of Colorado in 2018.
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Tim Waltz of Minnesota was also a signer.
Tim Waltz from Minnesota also called for a break in the gas tax.
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All six states have lower average gas prices than New York, which has the eighth highest in the country at $4,431 per gallon, according to the AAA.

For comparison, the average price of Pennsylvania is 12th out of the 50 states at $4,390 per gallon, Michigan ($4,245) 19th, New Mexico ($4,118) 29th, Wisconsin ($3,991) 37th, Minnesota ( $3,925) at No. 40 and Colorado ($3,912). ) is 43.

Gov. Kathy Hochul’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment on whether the Empire State might be behind a gas tax holiday.

Tom Wolf is the only one of the six governors who will not face voters next year.
Pennsylvania’s Tom Wolf is the only one of the six governors who won’t stand in front of voters next year.
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New Mexico Governor Lujan Grisham.
Michelle Lujan Grisham, Governor of New Mexico.
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The cohort was also supported by Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers.
The cohort was also supported by Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers.
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The average nationwide price for a gallon of regular gasoline rose to $4,252 on Wednesday, up from an average of $2,796 last year, according to AAA.

Biden announced on Tuesday that the US would ban imports of Russian oil over Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, and warned American motorists that the ban would further increase the price of gasoline.

“This is a step we are taking to inflict further pain on Putin,” he said, “but there will also be a cost here in the United States.”

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