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West Virginia Legislative Democrats renew call for gas tax holiday, urge special session

By David Beard, The Dominion Post

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Legislative Democratic leaders renewed their call for a gas tax holiday during a Tuesday press conference.

Responding to comments against the idea issued last week by the governor, the Senate president and House speaker, Senate Minority Leader Stephen Baldwin, D-Greenbrier, said on Tuesday, “We want to say, ‘Yes, we can do that.’ ”

Democratic legislative leaders last Thursday suggested that Gov. Jim Justice pause the 37.5 cents-per-gallon tax for at least 30 days to save state taxpayers some money in the face of record-high prices. According to AAA, Tuesday’s statewide average was $4.09 per gallon for regular.

Baldwin and others said that other states have made or are considering similar moves in a bipartisan manner.

News reports show that Maryland suspended its 36-cent tax on March 18. Georgia has also suspended its tax. Both states have Republican governors. Fifteen other states are exploring the subject, including neighbors Ohio and Pennsylvania…

To read more: https://www.dominionpost.com/2022/03/22/legislative-democrats-renew-call-for-gas-tax-holiday-urge-special-session/

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