Lawmakers in North Carolina offered a tax refund of $200 per person as a form of relief for high gas prices.
The proposal would use the state budget surplus to fund the $1.3 billion plan. The checks would be mailed out in the fall and given to every state resident over the age of 18 who has a valid North Carolina driver’s license.
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“Families in North Carolina are seeing rising costs everywhere they turn, from groceries to the gas pump,” State Sen. Michael Garrett (D) told a Fox affiliate in May. “The Gasoline Tax Refund Act would provide much-needed relief to the people of our state.”
Republican lawmakers have signaled they would like more permanent solutions rather than temporary tax refunds.
“I would like to see something a little larger and more durable, as opposed to something temporary that might help with a tank or two of gas,” Senate Leader Phil Berger (R) told reporters in June.
The nationwide average gas price is $4,010, up from $3,186 a year ago, according to AAA. In North Carolina, the average price stands at $3.718, down from $2.932 a year ago.
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The bill is still under consideration by the state legislature. Payments will be made starting October 1 if the bill is passed.