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Governor Suspends Gas Tax Through Oct. 12; Rep. Cameron Commends Suspension

Governor Brian P. Kemp has declared a state of emergency due to the 40-year-high inflation and negative economic conditions felt by hardworking Georgians as a result of policies coming out of Washington, D.C. As part of this declaration, he is temporarily suspending the state’s excise tax on motor and locomotive fuel to provide direct relief to families throughout the state. The executive order went into effect Sept. 13 and will remain in effect until 11:59 p.m., on Oct. 12. Consumers should expect the suspension to begin impacting prices after several days.

“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,” said Governor Brian Kemp. “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. 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.”

According to an analysis from Moody’s Analytics from August, Americans are spending $709 more per month than two years ago and $202 more per month than last year. Suspension of the excise tax will save Georgians 31.2 cents per gallon of gasoline and 35 cents per gallon of diesel fuel. When the gas tax was suspended from March through December of last year, 2022, Georgians saved roughly $1.7 billion at the pump.

Thanks to the hard work and conservative budgeting of Governor Kemp and the General Assembly, the State of Georgia can confidently suspend collection of the state motor fuel tax to help lessen the burden of historically high gas prices.

Mike Cameron

State Representative Mike Cameron (R-Rossville) commends Governor Brian Kemp’s recent announcement that he will suspend the excise tax on motor and locomotive fuel to provide financial relief to Georgia families. Georgians will save 31.2 cents per gallon of gasoline and 35 cents per gallon of diesel fuel.

“I would like to thank Governor Kemp for making this declaration to suspend the state’s gas tax during this time of record high inflation,” said Rep. Cameron. “I am proud of our Republican leadership for recognizing that our citizens need financial relief. Not only will our citizens save money at the pump, but also local businesses and restaurants in our district can expect to see their revenues go up during this period. Since House District 1 shares borders with both Tennessee and Alabama, we expect their residents to cross into Georgia for cheaper fuel. Often times, out-of-towners will come for the cheaper fuel but will also spend money at restaurants and local businesses in our area during their trips.”

Governor Kemp declared a state of emergency on Tuesday, Sept. 12 due to inflation and current economic conditions. The executive order went into effect Wednesday, Sept. 13, at 12 a.m. and will remain in effect until 11:59 p.m., Oct.12. Consumers can expect the suspension to begin affecting prices after several days.

Representative Mike Cameron represents the citizens of District 1, which includes Dade County and portions of Walker County. He was elected to the House of Representatives in 2020 and currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Human Relations and Aging and the Secretary of the Interstate Cooperation committee. He also serves on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Human Resources and the Agriculture and Consumer Affairs, Budget and Fiscal Affairs Oversight, Industry and Labor committees.

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