State Rep. Pat Outman (R-Six Lakes) issued the following statement after the president asked Congress to suspend the federal gas tax, urging Gov. Whitmer to give drivers additional savings at the pump by approving a state gas tax break as proposed by the Legislature:
“The governor claims she is all-in for working in a bipartisan fashion to suspend the state gas tax, but her actions show otherwise. If Gov. Whitmer had worked with the Legislature when we approached her weeks ago, Michigan drivers would have already saved hundreds of dollars at a time when they needed it most.
“We must address fuel costs that are stretching Michigan families thin. A federal gas tax cut will help – but a state gas tax cut would help even more. I am calling on the governor to follow through with her promises and do her part to help people save more money at the pump.”
In March, Rep. Outman joined in the overwhelming, bipartisan support of House Bill 5570, which would have paused Michigan’s 27.2 cents per gallon motor fuel tax for six months to help lower high gas prices. Gov. Whitmer vetoed the bill in April.
Rep. Outman voted in opposition to the state budget proposal brought forth by House Democrats in majority on Wednesday. The representative criticized the plan’s out-of-control measures that churn through taxpayer dollars while requiring little-to-no transparency and accountability.
“Delivery and installation are services – not products. They shouldn’t be subject to sales and use tax. No longer will the Department of Treasury be able to use this part of the tax code to impede on the success of Michigan’s small businesses.”
State Rep. Pat Outman today expressed his gratitude to the Xavier DeGroat Autism Foundation for selecting him as its legislator of the year. The organization stated that Rep. Outman was selected because of his efforts to support autism awareness and his commitment to making Michigan a more inclusive environment for those with autism.
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