LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Onsted, on Wednesday issued the following statement after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer sent a letter to President Biden urging him to work with Congress to temporarily pause the federal gas tax more than two months after she vetoed House Bill 5570 that would have suspended Michigan’s 27.2 cents per gallon excise tax on gasoline and diesel fuel from April 1, 2022, through Sept. 30, 2022:
“Gov. Whitmer failed miserably when she had a chance to reduce sky-high gas prices in Michigan. The Legislature passed a gas tax suspension bill back in March, and instead of helping provide important relief to Michigan drivers, the governor and Senate Democrats killed it.
“When it comes to providing tax relief, the governor says one thing and does another. She said she supports tax relief for families and seniors, but she has now twice vetoed efforts to cut income taxes for everyone in Michigan. Now, once again, she is asking Congress to suspend the federal gas tax despite having vetoed a bill to pause our state gas tax.
“All of this is happening while Michigan families are facing high inflation and gas prices, and the state is seeing a historic surplus estimated to be $5 billion more than projected in January.”