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Legislation would alleviate gas price

Rochester, New York – While gas prices are quickly approaching $4.00 per gallon, economists warn it’s unlikely they will go down any time soon.
Democratic Congressman Joe Morelle has introduced the Gas Prices Relief Act in response to the rising prices. If passed, until January it would eliminate the 18.4 cents per gallon federal gas tax.
“Obviously we’re very concerned about families that are struggling, inflation which potentially has the prospect of getting worse is to make sure American citizens have the ability to afford increase in energy prices particularly as the situation in Russia and Ukraine continues to exacerbate,” Morelle said.
According to consumers at the pump, they would welcome this temporary change.
“There are a lot of families that don’t have the luxury of dealing with expenses like this, I can appreciate that,” said Larry Glanville.
“We’ll see, I think they will steadily rise so we will see,” said Lana Allums, on the price tag of gas.
Rising tensions in Ukraine and possible sanctions on Russian oil and gas would further affect the prices at the gas station, economists said.
New Yorkers are now paying an average of about $3.75 per gallon to fill up their tanks, according to AAA.
According to AAA reports, drivers are paying about $4.75 per gallon in some areas like California.

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