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Sen. MacDonald supports gas tax relief

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Michael D. MacDonald on Tuesday voted to suspend the state’s tax on gasoline and diesel fuels for six months to provide relief to Michigan drivers.

“Everyone in Michigan is seeing higher prices and they need relief. This measure represents a chance for us to help by reducing the burden on Michigan families, schools and small businesses facing sky-high prices at the gas pump,” said MacDonald, R-Macomb Township. “Importantly, we can provide this relief and still make critical investments to improve our state. We are seeing historic tax revenues and a substantial budget surplus, and we can use those resources to reduce costs on the people of Macomb County as they try to make ends meet during out-of-control inflation and still fix our roads and support our schools.”

The state of Michigan currently imposes a 27.2 cents per gallon excise tax on gasoline and diesel fuel.

House Bill 5570 would suspend the state’s motor fuel tax from April 1, 2022 through Sept. 30, 2022.

According to AAA, the average per gallon for regular gasoline in Michigan is $4.23. It was $2.80 a year ago.