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Georgia's Suspension of the Gas Tax Ends Tuesday (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp announced today he has extended the temporary suspension of the state motor fuel and locomotive fuel tax and the supply chain state of emergency until January 10, 2023.  That suspension has been saving Georgia motorists roughly 29 cents a gallon since it was put into place in March.

“With another holiday season of travel and shopping upon us, 40-year high inflation and economic hardships due to bad policies from Washington, D.C. are still impacting hardworking Georgians,” said Governor Kemp.

State leaders reiterated their support for a next phase of inflation relief through a second tax refund, equal in size to this year’s, and an extension of the homestead tax exemption that will be introduced in the coming legislative session.

The first tax refund, which was issued earlier this year, returned over $1.1 billion to Georgia taxpayers.  Kemp is calling for a second tax refund to be issued in 2023.

“Our House of Representatives has a clear track record of working for Georgia’s families to help them keep more of their hard-earned money,” said Speaker Jan Jones.  He added, “While our state will meet its obligations, we agree that Georgians deserve to keep as much of their hard-earned money as possible.  It is not our money, but rather it belongs first and foremost to the taxpayers.”