State Rep. Sarah Lightner and the Michigan House today approved a plan to suspend the state’s tax on gasoline and diesel fuels to provide immediate financial relief to Michigan drivers.
Lightner, of Springport, said Michigan’s gas and diesel taxes are among the highest in the nation at 27 cents per gallon. The plan approved today removes the tax for the next six months.
“With gas prices soaring and the cost of everything else going up with inflation, people in our community are struggling,” Lightner said. “This plan provides the relief people need by suspending state taxes and lowering the price they pay at the pump.”
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer recently called on Congress to support legislation to suspend the federal gas tax.
“It doesn’t make sense to sit around and wait around for the federal government to take action when we have an even better solution at our fingertips that can provide immediate relief to Michigan drivers,” Lightner said. “The state has a multi-billion-dollar budget surplus. We can afford to suspend gas taxes without hurting any other essential services or road projects that are already planned.”
Under the plan approved today, Michigan drivers stand to save approximately $750 million between April 1 and Sept. 30, which is more than they would save from a pause in the smaller federal fuel tax. Giving drivers a break from both fuel taxes would amount to 45-cents per gallon savings.
House Bill 5570 now advances to the Senate, where a vote is planned next week to send the measure to the governor’s desk.
State Rep. Sarah Lightner, Republican vice chair of the House Appropriations Committee, today criticized the governor’s attempt to block an automatic income tax cut set to take effect this year that is expected to return $700 million to Michigan families.
“Practical policies put in place by legislative Republicans – and the economic growth our state has experienced as a result – are going to result in an income tax decrease for every single Michigan taxpayer.