MONTGOMERY—On Wednesday afternoon, Stop the Alabama Gas Tax, a newly formed political action committee, responded to Governor Kay Ivey's proposal to increase the state's gas tax.
Ralph Long, Chairman of Stop the Alabama Gas Tax commented on the proposal Wednesday afternoon. "Governor Kay Ivey has just proposed the largest gas tax increase in the history of Alabama, more than double that of any Democrat governor in the state's history. Her proposal is a knife in the back to voters. We elected her to clean up Montgomery's abundant fiscal woes, not increase our taxes to satisfy Montgomery lobbyists."
Alabamians currently pay an eighteen-cent tax on each gallon of fuel. Governor Ivey's proposal involves a ten-cent gas tax increase which would phase in over a period of three years: $0.06 in 2019, $0.02 in 2020, and $0.02 in 2021. Governor Ivey's proposal will increase the gas tax by an amount over three years that was last achieved over fifty-seven years (1923-1980).
"The Governor's proposal," Long continued, "amounts to a fifty-six percent fuel tax increase on the people of Alabama. This proposal is nothing short of disastrous for lower- and middle-income families who are finally experiencing some economic relief due to congressional Republican tax cuts and simply cannot afford the additional tax burden."
Josh Dodd, Secretary of the Alabama Republican Party, referred to the ALGOP's recent resolution against the gas tax proposal. "Just this past Saturday," Dodd said, "the Alabama Republican Party spoke loudly and clearly with the passage of a firm resolution in opposition to the gas tax. We expect our Republican legislators to listen to the will of the Republican Party."
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