Indiana Governor Can't Suspend Gas Tax?

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In earlier Digests we've told you about how policymakers across the country have been dealing with increasing gas prices. Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels (R) been asked recently to suspend the state's sales tax on the sale of gasoline. The Governor declined to do so, saying "...although I can appreciate the short-term popularity that would go with it, I don't think it is a responsible step when you consider all the factors." Now it looks like the Governor may be relieved of the burden of making any choice at all. The state's Attorney General ruled late last week that the Governor doesn't have authority under a specific statute to suspend the gas tax. However, the ruling hasn't ended the controversy as the Speaker of House is urging that the gas tax be suspended anyway.

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