• The Associated Press

Gov Hopeful Cunningham Would Suspend South Carolina Gas Tax

As pandemic-related supply shortages drive gas prices to record highs across the country, a Democrat seeking to become South Carolina’s next governor is suggesting a temporary halt of the state’s gas tax as a way to alleviate cost burdens at the pump.

Joe Cunningham previewed his proposal in an interview with The Associated Press, saying he’d utilize federal relief aid and the state’s budget surplus to keep tax-funded infrastructure projects on track.

A suspension would also require approval from a Republican-controlled Legislature that’s technically out of session until January — and which overwhelmingly passed the tax in the first place, more than four years ago, with bipartisan support. Cunningham argued that lawmakers’ adjournment allows them to return to Columbia to debate any measure related to the pandemic.

“We’ve got to get creative on how we lessen the burden on South Carolina families,” Cunningham told the AP. “This is a no brainer.”