Governor extends suspension of Georgia’s gas tax until July

ATLANTA — Gov. Brian Kemp signed an executive order that will extend the suspension of state gas taxes.

Channel 2′s Richard Elliot was the first to report that the governor will sign it Thursday in time for Memorial Day holiday weekend travel.

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The gas tax suspension will now last through July 14. The governor also renewed the state of emergency for supply chain disruptions.

According to AAA, the average price per gallon in Georgia is $4.14, which is below the national average of $4.60.

The gas tax would have returned on May 31 had it not been extended. The tax suspension saves Georgians about 30 cents per gallon for gas and 33 cents per gallon for diesel.

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The extension comes one week after Kemp sat down exclusively with Channel 2′s Justin Farmer about being open to extending that gas tax relief.

Farmer asked the governor if the state can afford to extend the tax relief.

“If you do that, those dollars are coming away from what? It’s a heavy decision because it’s relief for Georgians, but those dollars are not going towards what?” Farmer asked Kemp.

“Well, normally that would be the case, it would be taking dollars away from our transportation and infrastructure money that would go to the Department of Transportation to build roads and bridges,” Kemp said. “Thankfully, because we’ve been open, and because we’ve been resilient, I say we, because I’m talking about Georgia citizens working through the pandemic, we’ve been raking in unbelievable amounts of money.”

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