Republican Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has declared a state of emergency over inflation and the impact “Bidenomics” has had on his state.
While announcing the declaration, Kemp stated he was suspending Georgia’s gas tax and noted that federal spending and energy policies had facilitated high fuel prices.
Kemp won praise in 2022 when he suspended Georgia gas tax to assist those financially impacted by COVID-19.
Noting similar financial woes, The Wall Street Journal recently reported that gas prices have jumped more than 10% in the last 30 days.
The governor further clarified his comments during an interview on Fox News. On Wednesday Kemp said: “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.”
The governor continued: “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.”
Kemp added: “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 AAA, the average cost for a gallon of regular gas in Georgia is $3.56, up from the $3.23 a gallon cost one year ago. A gallon of diesel, on average, costs about $4.36, down from last year’s costs of $4.68.
Kemp’s office reports that the tax suspension will save drivers 31.2 cents per gallon on regular gasoline and 35 cents per gallon on diesel fuel.
Georgia House Speaker Jon Burns (R) commended Kemp’s move, saying. “I applaud Governor Kemp’s suspension of motor fuel taxes to keep our people and our economy moving despite Washington’s inaction on rising fuel prices.”
Burns added: “Georgia’s success story is no accident – it is the result of conservative policies enacted to keep Georgia the nation’s best state for business.”
The Daily Wire reported that Kemp’s gas tax suspension will run through October 12.
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