Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has signed a letter along with five other state chief executives supporting legislation to suspend the federal gas tax until the end of the year.
Wolf, along with Gretchen Witmer (D-Mich.), Jared Polis (D-Colo.), Tim Walz (D-Minn.), Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.) and Tony Evers (D-Wis.), are urging Nancy Pelosi, Kevin McCarthy, Chuck Schumer and Mitch McConnell to pass The Gas Prices Relief Act as introduced in the House and the Senate.
In addition to saving Americans at the pump as the national average gas price hits $4.173, the legislation would also ensure the Highway Trust Fund stays solvent, according to the letter. It would authorize the Treasury Department to transfer general fund dollars to replace the lost gas excise tax revenue.
“Like most Americans, Pennsylvanians are grappling with rising gas prices as they navigate paying for other household needs, from their rent or mortgage to groceries and other necessities,” Wolf said. “A federal gas tax holiday would ease some of that pain on Pennsylvanians’ wallets without impacting important infrastructure projects that are funded through the federal Highway Trust Fund.”
“Any suspension of the federal gasoline tax, which has been unchanged since 1993, will undermine the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act – legislation that provides real, long-term economic benefits,” said the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in an email. “The gasoline tax holiday proposal is a temporary stunt that will negatively impact the Highway Trust Fund and has no promise of actually helping lower prices for consumers or improving the economy. Changes in gas prices are overwhelmingly driven by supply and demand and factors other than the gasoline tax.”
The federal gasoline tax stands at 18.4 cents per gallon.
Average Price per Gallon
- Erie: $4.092
- Dubois: $4.162
- Altoona: $4.199
- State College: $4.219
- Pittsburgh: $4.249
- Lancaster: $4.257
- Willow Grove: $4.316
- Carlisle: $4.328
- Allentown: $4.366
- Philadelphia: $4.367
- Wilkes-Barre: $4.385