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Kemp continues gas tax suspension

Georgians will continue to see lower gas prices, at least for another six weeks, after Governor Brian Kemp signed an executive order on Friday extending the suspension of the state’s gas tax through August 13. Kemp also renewed an earlier executive order declaring a supply chain state of emergency. That order suspends taxes on fuel for locomotives.

In a video released Friday, Kemp blamed the Biden administration for high prices at the pump.

"Joe Biden and Democratic leaders have not done their part to tackle this issue, instead calling on Americans facing record-high inflation to tighten their belts," Kemp said.

Georgia’s motor fuel tax adds 29.1 cents to the cost of a gallon of gas. The federal gas tax, which President Biden has called on Congress to suspend, costs motorists 18.4 cents per gallon.

Kemp’s Democratic opponent, Stacey Abrams, has called on the governor to extend the gas tax suspension through the end of the year. The AJC reports that Abrams has purchased ads on over 5,500 gas pumps over the 4th of July weekend.

A recent Quinnipiac poll shows Abrams and Kemp in a tie, with inflation being the biggest issue for 41 percent of likely voters.

Martin Matheny is WUGA's Program Director and a host and producer of our local news program 'Athens News Matters.' He started at WUGA in 2012 as a part-time classical music host and still hosts WUGA's longest-running local program 'Night Music' which is heard on WUGA and GPB Classical. He lives in Normaltown with his wife, Shaye and dog, Murphy.