Biden mulls gas tax relief; Nevada won’t benefit
LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — For Michael Natali, the road to a less stressful life seems long right now. Travel is taking a toll as gasoline prices continue to soar to record highs.
“It’s getting weird. It’s too much and we’re suffering,” says Natali.
The Biden administration may soon back a gas tax exemption break to provide some relief. The congressional bill would end the federal gasoline tax and cut costs by about 14.72 cents per gallon.
Southern Nevada AAA notes that while the proposal could lower gasoline prices, it will only be a drop in the bucket.
“We have seen record prices and prices continue to rise or remain flat since early May,” says AAA representative John Treanor.
Any price drop is welcome, but current Nevada law won’t allow Nevadans to take advantage of the gas tax exemption bill if passed, because the state automatically raises the gas tax. to offset any federal cuts. Any change would require a change in state law. It means a special session of the Nevada Legislature.
Nevada State Senator James A. Settelmeyer is fighting for Nevadans to see relief at the pumps. Settelmeyer personally delivered a letter last month to Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak asking him to summon Nevada lawmakers. Nevadans would see no benefit if a gasoline tax exemption were granted.
The letter reads in part.
“I ask that you call a special session of the Nevada Legislature to address the fuel price crisis in Nevada.”
Nevada State Senator James A. Settelmeyer
Sen. Settlemeyer said changing state law to implement the gasoline tax exemption would not take money away from maintaining and repairing state roads. Instead, he suggests the state dip into surplus funds.
“Nevada received a huge amount of money from the federal level for infrastructure, so what about using it to temporarily offset gas tax funds,” Settlemeyer said.
So far, the senator says the governor has not responded to his letter.
The governor’s office sent a statement to Channel 13 saying in part:
“The state is awaiting further information on what might happen at the federal level with respect to a gasoline tax exemption or other measures.”
Office of Steve Sisolak
For people like Michael, any relief for his results can’t come soon enough.
“It’s going to take at least a few dollars to become affordable to a lot of people. At some point it starts to get in the way of what you’re able to do. I have to get from point A to point B. Well now I have pay more gas so you can’t buy X or Y. Now you have to budget for all that,” says Natali.
President Biden has said he will decide whether to support the gas tax exemption proposal by the end of this week.