CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) — Relief from soaring gas prices might be on the way for West Virginians.
During a regular COVID-19 briefing on Monday, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice said that he is considering calling a special session of the State Legislature, and he said that a gas tax holiday is at the top of the list of issues he’d potentially bring to the table.
Justice said that he will make a decision about a special session before his next briefing on Wednesday.
“If there’s a way to help a little bit, maybe for one month and take a one-month holiday, I don’t think it will be detrimental to us from the standpoint of our ability for us to do all the good stuff that we do in regard to roads,” said Justice.
He said he would take a look at surplus and ARPA dollars to see if there’s a way to use them for the gas tax holiday.
This follows calls by lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to suspend West Virginia’s gas tax amid soaring prices last week, as well as back in March when Democrats urged Justice to temporarily suspend the gas tax.
Justice responded in March, saying in order for that to happen, he would need to call a special session. While he did end up calling for a special session, a gas tax holiday was not included on the agenda.