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Gov. Sanford Calls for Gas Tax Relief
May 10, 2006

Contact: Joel Sawyer

Columbia, S.C. - May 10, 2006 - Governor Mark Sanford today called on the House and Senate to provide immediate tax relief to South Carolinians in the form of suspending the state's 16.75 cent per gallon gasoline tax from Memorial Day through Labor Day. In order to provide this important tax relief to South Carolina families, the Governor has asked the S.C. House of Representatives to amend their budget before sending it back to the Senate to include $134 million to cover the cost of the gas tax suspension, and for both the Senate and House to adopt the recommendation when the state budget goes to conference committee later this month.

The governor said that with nearly $1 billion more coming into state government this year than last year, more needs to be done to give tax relief to South Carolina families.

"We've said from the beginning of this budget process that government spending should be held to a meaningful cap and that more should be given back to the hardworking taxpayers of this state," Gov. Sanford said. "While I'd give the Senate real credit for complete repayment of trust and reserve funds and credit to the House for providing immediate tax relief, we've said from day one that more could be done to return a dividend to the taxpayers of this state. Whether it's easing the pain at the pump on the way to work or on the way to the Grand Strand for summer vacation, this tax relief is something that would make a real impact on South Carolinians' lives and pocketbooks this summer."

Gov. Sanford said that while gas prices will continue to fluctuate over the summer, this exemption will mean the price per gallon being 16.75 cents less during this time period than it would have otherwise been. The savings would translate into roughly $63 dollars per family from Memorial Day to Labor Day. 

The price of crude oil has increased 426 percent since 1998 and 36 percent from one year ago. This has translated into gas prices being at almost $3.00 a gallon compared to only $1.36 four years ago - or a 111 percent increase. It is costing the average driver $10 more every time to fill up at the pump than a year ago. In fact, the average household is spending $1,500 more on gas per year than just 18 months ago.


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