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Governor Deal Stops Increase in State Gasoline Tax
June 19, 2012
Governor Nathan Deal has issued an executive order to prevent the increase in the state’s gasoline tax scheduled to go into effect July 1. Using state law formulas every six months, the Department of Revenue determines the motor fuel tax based on an average of prices. Over the most recent six months, DOR concluded that average gas prices call for the motor fuel tax to rise to 12.9 per gallon from 12.1 cents per gallon.
“Today, I signed an executive order that will prevent the motor fuel tax increase set for next month,” Deal said. “We’re seeing a slow and steady rebound in Georgia’s economy, with our unemployment rate going down and state revenues heading up, but Georgians are still paying gas prices that are high by historical standards. The state should not add to that burden at this juncture.”