Republicans slam Debbie Stabenow for comments on electric vehicles, gas prices
Republicans are calling U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., “out of touch” for recent comments about how she’s no longer subjected to high gas prices now that she owns an electric vehicle. Stabenow made similar comments at last week’s Mackinac Policy Conference in Michigan, hinting at the gesture she gives gas stations when she drives by. “As somebody who just bought my first electric vehicle, I’m driving by the pump,” Stabenow said. “And I won’t tell you the motion I’m making when I drive by.”
As Michiganders fret over gas prices, Whitmer noncommittal on solutions
Michigan gas prices are up 74 cents per gallon in the past month and more than $1.74 higher than this time last year, according to AAA.
Politicians meeting in Michigan this week have varying thoughts on solutions.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg and U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow took questions about the issue during a news conference at the Mackinac Policy Conference on Wednesday, June 1.
“I do think that some sort of a gas tax holiday, sales tax, could be helpful to people who are struggling,” Whitmer said. “I’ve been very clear, though; I’m not interested in theater.”
Michigan Republicans passed a plan in the Senate last week that would suspend the state’s 27.2-cent-per-gallon gas tax and 6% sales tax on gas from June 15 to Sept. 15. At current prices, it would temporarily drop the price of gas about 50 cents per gallon, assuming gas stations pass on the cost savings.
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