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The Democratic governors of Washington, Oregon are rejecting a pause in the Biden gas tax

Written by Javed Iqbal

President Biden calls for a suspension of gas taxes as a means of lowering fuel prices, but two Democratic governors are opposed to taking similar measures in their states.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee and Oregon Gov. Kate Brown both opposed putting the gas tax on hold, arguing it would not be effective.

“[W]If gas prices have risen by several dollars per. gallon over the past many months, it is unlikely that the Oregon Indians will see significant savings at the pump under this latest proposal, “Brown’s office said in a statement.

Inlsee, whose state has among the highest gas charges in the country to 49 cents per. gallon, indicated that he was not interested in convening the special legislative assembly that would be necessary to pass legislation that put the tax on hold.

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“As for the idea of ​​temporarily suspending the state gas tax, the oil companies would be the ones who will benefit from yet another opportunity to shell out more profit at the expense of our ability to put people to work repairing our roads and brother, “and spokesman. for Inslee told the Seattle Times.

The Washington Department of Licensing told the Times that a three-month break in the state gas tax would cost the state about $ 300 million in revenue.

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Gas prices continues to skyrocket, however, with Washington and Oregon averaging $ 5.52 per barrel. gallon on Thursday, compared to a national average of $ 4.94.

That federal gas taxwhich Biden is urging Congress to put on hold for three months is currently 18 cents per gallon.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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