Illinois Republicans hope to save drivers money on gas by cutting sales tax
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - As gas prices continue to rise, Illinois Republicans are hoping to save drivers some cash at the pump by cutting the sales tax.
Illinois has the second-highest gas tax in the country.
On average, drivers are paying nearly 70 cents a gallon in taxes.
Cook County averages closer to $1 a gallon.
State Sens. Dave Syverson and Donald DeWitte are proposing capping the sales tax, which fluctuates with gas prices, at 18 cents a gallon.
"We believe that during a crisis, the government should not be able to benefit at the expense of taxpayers," said Syverson.
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The proposal is supported by the Illinois Fuel and Retail Association.
This is different from Gov. Pritzker's proposed freeze on motor fuel taxes, which funds Illinois road projects.