Senator Corman Introduces Bill to Reduce Gas Tax in Pennsylvania

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Pennsylvania Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman (R-Bellefonte) on Monday introduced a bill to significantly reduce the state’s liquid fuel tax.

Senate Bill 10, the Consumer Gas Prices Relief Act, would reduce the state’s gasoline tax by 33% through the end of 2022, the senator’s office said. Revenue that would have been generated by the tax will be replaced with federal funds and a bond issue to pay for critical infrastructure projects to ensure projects are not delayed or postponed due to the tax cut.

“Rising gas prices are taking more money out of consumers’ wallets at a time when families can least afford another financial burden,” Corman said. “We can’t change the circumstances that led to skyrocketing gas prices — including the invasion of Ukraine and the anti-energy policies of President Biden and Governor Wolf — but we can ease some of the stress.” Pennsylvanians every time they fill up on gas. ”

Corman said that with the proposed federal gasoline tax exemption, the plan could reduce gasoline taxes paid by consumers at the pump by nearly 50%.

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue, motor gasoline and gasohol cost $0.576 per gallon, up from $0.582 in 2017. In 2009, Pennsylvania’s tax on motor gasoline and gasohol was $0.312 per gallon until it jumped to $0.407 per gallon in 2014.

Nationally, gasoline prices rose to a record high of $4.33 per gallon on March 11. Since then, the price has fallen to $4.25 on March 21, according to AAA.

More than a dozen state senators support Corman’s plan, including Sens. Ryan Aument (R-36), Lisa Baker (R-20), Camera Bartolotta (R-46), Lisa Boscola (D-18), John DiSanto (R-15), Marty Flynn (D-22), Scott Hutchinson (R-21), Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-93), Mike Regan (R-31), Devlin Robinson (R-37), Steve Santasiero (D-10), Mario Scavello (R-40), Pat Stefano (R-32), Judy Ward (R-30) and John Yudichak (I-14).

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