NEWS BRIEF: Georgia gasoline tax to be suspended, lawmakers say

Warnock calls out gas companies for profiting on the backs of the poor

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Photo credit: Courtesy Raphael Warnock Facebook Page
Georgia Senators Raphael Warnock & Jon Ossoff
The state Legislature is planning to temporarily suspend Georgia’s tax on fuel sales. The state bill passed the House Ways and Means Committee Wednesday, and could come to the House floor and Senate next week. If passed, it would take effect upon receiving Gov. Brian Kemp’s signature and continue until May 31. Georgia’s gas tax is 29.1 cents per gallon for gasoline and 32.6 cents per gallon for diesel. The federal government also imposes an 18-cent tax on gasoline, which U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock is trying to get waived through the end of the year. “Ordinary families are feeling the pinch, trying to buy gas and trying to buy groceries,” Warnock says in a statement. “We ought to cut their taxes, and we ought to hold the oil and gas companies accountable. (They) are seeing record profits while people are paying record prices.”