Other states are set to follow suit as governors seek to ease pain at the pump.
Maryland became the first state in the nation to suspend its gas tax as Governor Larry Hogan signed a bipartisan bill Friday. The law takes effect immediately, temporarily pausing the state’s 36.1 cents per gallon tax on gasoline for the next month.
“As we continue to stand in solidarity against Russian aggression in Ukraine and as Marylanders face the impact of surging inflation with the average price of gas rapidly rising, this bipartisan action will provide some relief from the pain at the pump,” the Republican governor said.
Hour later, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed similar legislation. It eliminates the stae’s 29 cents per gallon tax through May 31st.
“Though we can’t fix everything Washington has broken, we’re doing our part to lessen the impact on Georgians’ wallets,” Kemp said in a statement.
At least 17 states across the political spectrum are reportedly looking into reducing or freezing gas taxes. Efforts to pass federal-level legislation has largely stalled out in Congress.
Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin announced this week he would send a bill to the General Assembly. He is asking to suspend the tax for three months beginning in May then gradually reintroduce it over two months.