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Gov hopeful Cunningham would suspend South Carolina gas tax

The plan would require approval from a Republican-controlled Legislature that’s technically out of session until January.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A Democrat seeking to become South Carolina’s next governor has a plan to suspend the state’s gas tax, easing the cost of pumping up as pandemic-related supply shortages drive gas prices nationally to record highs. 

Joe Cunningham previewed his proposal in an interview with The Associated Press. 

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He would utilize a combination of federal relief aid and state budget surplus to keep tax-funded infrastructure projects on track.

The plan would require approval from a Republican-controlled Legislature that’s technically out of session until January.

Cunningham said his temporary halt could save South Carolina drivers about $5 for each fill-up of a 20-gallon tank.

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