As rising fuel prices continue to increase costs on Michigan families, state Rep. Andrew Beeler, who serves on the House Tax Policy Committee, and the Michigan House of Representatives today approved a plan to repeal the state gas tax for six months.
House Bill 5570 would suspend the state motor fuel tax beginning April 1. By pausing the tax of 27.2 cents per gallon, the plan is estimated to save Michigan drivers about $750 million over the six-month period.
“Inflation and federal restrictions on American oil are driving the price of gas to staggering heights,” said Beeler, R-Port Huron. “To help offset these price increases, our plan will give Michigan families a break from the state gas tax.”
House passage of the plan comes despite a recent statement by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who yesterday urged Congress to suspend the federal gas tax temporarily. The federal tax is only 18.4 cents per gallon, and the Legislature’s plan would enable greater savings on each gallon of gas.
“Gov. Whitmer is perhaps most famous for begging the Legislature to raise the Michigan gas tax by 45 cents a gallon,” Beeler said. “Lawmakers had the foresight to steer away from the wreck that would cause. I am hopeful that Gov. Whitmer will work with Republicans and Democrats here in Michigan to provide substantive relief for the citizens of our state paying high gas prices.”
Beeler and the House also approved House Resolution 250, calling for Gov. Whitmer and the federal government to support policies to enable energy independence in the United States. In addition to calling for more oil production in the United States, the measure also urges the governor and Attorney General Dana Nessel to end their partisan attempts to shut down Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline, which transports oil and natural gas through Canada, Michigan and Wisconsin.
The House approved HB 5570 with bipartisan support, and it now proceeds to the Senate, which is expected to approve the plan next week.
“The budget process is out of control. We are spending more and more money and are giving people less and less transparency. This is exactly why people do not trust government,” said Beeler, R-Port Huron.