During press conferences at the Buc-ee’s service station in Daytona Beach and at Daily’s service station in Jacksonville, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced he will attempt to alleviate gas prices for Floridian by proposing a $1 billion gas tax holiday.
This $1 billion proposal may last as long as 5 months
“Gas prices have been rising due to inflationary pressures from bad federal policies, so we here in Florida need to step up and provide relief to our citizens,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “Today, I am proposing that during the session, the Florida Legislature provide more than $1 billion in gas tax relief for Florida families. This will have a positive impact on millions of Floridians.”
“I’m proud to stand alongside a Governor who puts Floridians first every day,” said Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez. "With inflation and gas prices on the rise, Governor DeSantis’ proposal to the Legislature of a five-month gas tax holiday will empower our Florida families and businesses who have felt the impacts of Biden’s reckless policies."
The CEO’s of Daily’s, Buc-ee’s, and WAWA all praised Gov. DeSantis’s tax holiday, calling his action “spot on” and an “incredible way to give back to everyday Floridians.”
“Governor DeSantis is spot on. It's tough right now. Keeping up with costs, costs are rising every single day and this is an incredible way to give back to everyday Floridians,” said Aubrey Edge, President and CEO of Daily’s. “From my perspective, I can’t thank the Governor enough for his leadership. It has been incredible. The Governor has protected our personal freedoms, looked after the economic interests of every Floridian and made it great to have a business here in Florida.”
The tax holiday has also been met with bipartisan support by Florida legislators.
“There’s no question gas has skyrocketed under the disastrous Biden administration. If we can provide some relief without delaying our ACTUAL infrastructure investments, I’d fully support a tax break for Floridians,” stated Rep. Alex Andrade (R).
Democratic Rep. Michael Grieco says he loves tax cuts but says he doesn’t want other state projects to suffer from the proposal.
“I love tax cuts as long as we aren’t borrowing from Peter to pay Paul. Gas prices are up and I’m all for Florida drivers getting a break, but not at the expense of existing and essential state projects,” stated Rep. Greico in a statement to The Floridian.
Echoing Rep. Greico was State Senator Jason Pizzo (D), who said that DeSantis’s measure was a “Good idea, so long as it doesn’t come at the expense of road projects and jobs.”
Conservative Rep. Anthony Sabatini, who is also running for the U.S. Congress, agreed that “it’s a very good proposal.