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Beshear announces action to freeze Kentucky's gas tax

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Gov. Andy Beshear says he’s taking action to freeze Kentucky’s gas tax. The governor said Thursday it will prevent a looming increase as consumers struggle with surging fuel prices.

Beshear says his emergency action will prevent an increase of 2 cents per gallon that would have taken effect July 1. He says freezing the rate will save Kentuckians an estimated $35.4 million through
mid-January of 2023. Kentucky’s gas tax is set by statute, both in its rate and how it’s calculated. The current 26-cent rate was set to increase under a trigger, resulting in a price increase on regular and
diesel fuel.