LITTLE ROCK, AR - Governor Beebe says that lifting the federal or state tax on gas during the summer wouldn't do much to help consumers hurt by rising fuel prices.
Beebe said proposals for a "holiday" on gas taxes at the state or federal level wouldn't address the problems that are causing rises in fuel prices. Beebe, a Democrat, has endorsed presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, who supports a federal holiday on the gas tax during the summer.
Both Clinton and John McCain have proposed suspending the federal gas tax of 18.4 cents a gallon for three months. Democratic candidate Barrack Obama has opposed the idea.
Beebe says he's also opposed to suspending the 21.6-cent state gas tax over the summer, citing the state's road construction and maintenance needs. The state levies a 22.6 cent-per-gallon tax on diesel.
Beebe says more investments in alternative fuels and energy sources such as solar or wind power would help reduce rising gas prices.