UPDATE: Gov's office says no special session — at least not yet. More coverage in tomorrow's paper and at www.macon.com.
State Rep. DuBose Porter, D-Dublin, has sent us a copy of the letter he sent Gov. Sonny Perdue, calling for a special legislative session to lower the state's gas tax. You might remember Perdue called one of those for a similar reason in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
I've got a call into the governor's office to see if there's a chance this will happen. The gas tax has recently gone up, though it's obviously not the only reason you're seeing high prices at the pumps. That, of course, comes from some combination of supply and demand / an evil liberal conspiracy / an evil conservative conspiracy / aliens.
Hard to say if this is just a publicity stunt. I mean, who wouldn't be for lower gas prices? But I'm excerpting the letter below. Expect to see some coverage of this in tomorrow's papers.
June 1, 2007
Dear Governor Perdue:
As I know you are all aware, Georgia‚s gasoline tax was automatically raised today. Beginning today, Georgians will have to pay an additional 2.1 cents per gallon, and that tax may rise again in less than one month.
We are not doing our job as public servants if we allow this to continue unaddressed. Too many Georgians are already feeling the sting of high gas prices. More gas tax increases will only hurt our working families. ...
I am writing to you to let you know that I am instructing the members of the House Democratic Caucus to stand ready to return to the Capitol for a special session to address this issue. We must act decisively and we must act now. Democrats are ready to act. I suspect Republicans would be too. We must make this a true bipartisan effort, for the good of all Georgians. ...
The House Democrats stand ready to return to our posts and work across party lines to resolve this growing gas crisis. We await only your decision and call.