Beebe: Consumers Not Helped Much by Gas Tax Holiday

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.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)