(WXYZ) – Leaders of the Michigan Legislature have said they plan to vote for a law to suspend the state’s gas tax.
Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey and House Speaker Jason Wentworth, both Republicans, said the pause would lead to the abolition of the 27-cent-a-gallon tax on gas and diesel for the next six months.
This comes amid a massive rise in gas prices as the state approaches record average prices. As of Wednesday, the average cost in the Detroit subway is about $ 4.25 a gallon.
The House is expected to vote on the bill on Wednesday, and the Senate will vote on the bill next week.
On Tuesday, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer joined a group of other governors who called on the U.S. Congress to suspend the federal gas tax.
According to a press release from the Michigan governor’s office, Whitmer and other governors wrote a letter to Congressional leadership calling for a suspension of the federal gas tax by the end of the year to help fight rising gas prices.