DeLuca introduces bill to relieve pain at the gas pump
Legislation would temporarily suspend Pennsylvania’s gas and diesel tax
HARRISBURG, March 23 – State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, introduced legislation today that would deliver urgent and much-needed relief to drivers by suspending Pennsylvania’s 58-cent tax on gasoline and 74-cent tax on diesel for six months.
“The pain at the pump from rising gas prices is hitting Pennsylvanians' wallets and our way of life -- from more expensive commutes to paying more to distribute goods," DeLuca said. "While the General Assembly might not be able to control oil prices, we can control how much we tax gasoline. I'm calling for a suspension of the state's gas tax so Pennsylvanians can keep more of their hard-earned money."
In addition to the six-month state tax suspension, H.B. 2453 would require owners of gas stations and oil companies to pass on the tax break to consumers. If that does not happen, consumers would be able to file lawsuits against the company or gas station under the state's Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law.
House Bill 2453 would also direct the state secretary of Revenue to propose ways to mitigate funding lost from the tax suspension.
Several states across the country are considering suspending their gas taxes as consumers grapple with high gasoline and diesel costs. On March 18, 2022, Maryland suspended its 36-cent gas tax for 30 days. According to AAA, the average gas price in Maryland was $4.27 per gallon the week of March 14, 2022. After the gas tax suspension, Maryland's average gas price dropped to $3.81 per gallon the following week.
“If Maryland can help consumers reduce their gas prices by 46 cents per gallon, imagine the relief we can bring to Pennsylvanians by suspending our 58-cent gas tax and 74-cent diesel tax," DeLuca said. "I urge the House to consider my proposal as quickly as possible so that driving – which most of us rely on to get to work or take the kids to school – doesn’t become unaffordable for many Pennsylvanians."