By: Howard Monroe

WV Democrats have been arguing for a suspension of the gas tax for months.

President Biden says he’s considering a tax pause at the federal level.

In both cases, GOP stands in the way.

With gas at or near $5 a gallon, combing the 18 cent federal and 38 cent state, would mean over 50 cents a gallon saving for the average driver, 

Maybe not enough to buy a new car, but enough to lighten the financial pain of a fill-up.

No. A gas tax suspension will not do anything for the rising price of a gallon of petrol. That’s a different fight for a different day. Maybe look at rising record profits of oil companies, for example

But the proposed gas tax suspensions would be a signal from elected leaders that they understand their constituents’ tight finances and are doing what they can to help.