Whitmer Tax Cut Plan Could Lower Gas Prices By 42 Cents Per Gallon In order to reduce high fuel prices, Whitmer is backing proposals to pause Michigan’s 6% gas sales tax and suspend the 18-cents-per-gallon federal gas tax.
By Main Street Sentinel Staff
Governor Gretchen Whitmer is calling for the suspension of Michigan’s gas sales tax.
In an effort to reduce high fuel prices, Whitmer is strongly supporting a plan proposed by Democratic State Senator Jim Ananich to pause Michigan’s 6% sales tax on gas, which would save consumers about 24 cents per $4 gallon. In a statement endorsing the proposal, Whitmer said, “A short-term pause is a fiscally-responsible action we can take that will provide drivers relief at the pump right now—not next year—while also protecting funding for road repairs and saving tens of thousands of good-paying construction jobs.”
Whitmer has also urged Congress to suspend the federal gas tax, currently at 18 cents per gallon, saying that it was necessary “to relieve Americans of the financial stress caused by increased gas prices amid international crises and rising inflation.”
Michigan gas prices have fallen in recent weeks—reflecting a national trend spurred by President Joe Biden’s decision to release millions of barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Polling has shown that the majority of Americans see Russia’s war in Ukraine, which sent crude oil prices soaring, and price-gouging by oil companies as the chief culprits behind high gas prices.