DeSantis Calls For Months Of Gas Tax Relief

November 23, 2021

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is asking  lawmakers to “zero out” state gas taxes for five or six months next year.

DeSantis said the gas tax holiday will save up to $200 for the average Florida family while cutting more than $1 billion from the state’s revenues.

“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,” DeSantis said. “Today, I am proposing that during 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.”

“We’ve always been very strong on tax relief in Florida. We did things like sportsmen’s relief (a sales-tax “holiday” around July 4). We’ve done back-to-school (tax holidays). We’ve done all that stuff. And that’s good. But this is, I think, really, really big,” DeSantis said

Pictured: Gov. Ron DeSantis called for a state gas tax holiday while speaking at a Buc-ee’s convenience store in Daytona Beach on Monday. Photo for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

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12 Responses to “DeSantis Calls For Months Of Gas Tax Relief”

  1. BRING IT ON on November 27th, 2021 9:37 pm

    What a wonderful idea. Go De Santis

  2. judy on November 26th, 2021 8:23 am

    I am amazed at the people who are complaining about DeSantis doing good for the people of Florida! Our great state has been the model of how to run a Republican State, and keep it safe, and some liberals still complain… even as they roam freely into public places, with or without masks, and enjoy the lowest taxes in the country!
    If you don’t like it, leave!

  3. Clif Myers on November 23rd, 2021 6:29 pm

    You Go Governor!

  4. Mike Honcho on November 23rd, 2021 4:04 pm

    Maybe you should move if you don’t like it leave. Go to California or Chicago sure you’ll be happier there maybe you can relate to there governor

  5. Nurse on November 23rd, 2021 2:49 pm

    Great photo opportunity. With. Buccee. Just like the toll reduction and purchase of the Garçon Point Bridge. Victory lap. Before it’s even accomplished.

  6. Ooof! on November 23rd, 2021 1:20 pm

    @Joe– the H1N1 pandemic was in 2009 while– you guessed it– Obama was President!

    DeSantis is just doing his mini-MAGA act again and I can’t wait until he is voted out of the Governor’s office in 2022 and his dreams of 2024 crash and burn.

    Gas prices are already coming down– 26 cents in the last 7 days.

  7. John on November 23rd, 2021 11:08 am

    This is so stupid, we need that money for our roads and infrastructure. Last thing we need is to blow a billion dollar hole in the budget for building and maintaining roads. Even here in north Escambia we have roads in fire need of repair.
    On Highway 99 the potholes have potholes and you often have to swerve between Lanes to avoid holes or chunks of road debris in the lanes.
    We need a overpass over the train tracks at the papermill because the trains love parking across the road, cutting the north end of the county off from emergency services and making people late for work costing us money.
    And the beulah beltway seems to be going nowhere and needs funding, which would give us another way out of the north side when the train is playing “let’s see how long we can block the road”
    And that’s just on the north end there’s tons of other issues and flooding problems that need funding to fix. So the last thing we need to do is take a billion dollars out of the roads budget. How about use it to actually fix the problems with our roads and address the problems that currently exist.

  8. Joe on November 23rd, 2021 10:11 am

    There was no pandemic when Obama was president and gas prices where as high or if not higher!!! So let’s don’t blame it on a pandemic… the government is to blame

  9. vincent nelson on November 23rd, 2021 9:28 am

    DeSantis for president

  10. Josh Jones on November 23rd, 2021 9:25 am

    Another stunt by the good governor. Gas prices have risen, not because of “bad federal policies”, but because of the increased demand – we are driving more after hunkering down during the worst part of the pandemic. Refineries adjusted its production during the pandemic and now are not producing enough to meet the current higher demand. It’ll take a while to increase the refineries production.
    Also, oil exporting countries (like the OPEC folks in the middle east) cut their production as well, decreasing the world’s supply. All these things are what’s moving the gas price up.

    The governor’s proposal will help the lower income folks, but not so much a blip to the middle and upper earners. What should be concerning everyone is the effect a gas tax holiday will have on Florida’s infrastructure. What if Skanska stops working on the 3-Mile Bridge project because there’s no gas tax money to pay them?

  11. EMD on November 23rd, 2021 7:51 am

    Thank you, Governor DeSantis. for caring about those you were elected to serve. How refreshing!

  12. Henry W Coe Jr on November 23rd, 2021 6:56 am

    “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,”

    What a load of partisan horse apples.

    In a nut shell, gas prices dropped last year after covid started because the oil market was on a high production schedule and demand dropped when people stopped driving as much during the initial lock down so gas prices dropped to like $2 a gallon. The production levels were cut because demand was low and an over abundance of reserve oil.
    Fast forward to today with Covid somewhat under control and everyone is driving again so the demand for gas is way up but production levels are still below what they were before covid and because of that prices are up.

    I has little if nothing to do with Federal Policies or Inflation. It is part of the oil market correcting itself and production levels readjusting to market demand and forecasting.

    Please stop making issues partisan that are not partisan issues.

    On the idea of the gas tax break itself, Florida collects lots of tax revenue from people traveling through the state who don’t live here. I don’t think saving folks with cars $200 over a 6 month period ($33 a month) is worth putting a 1 Billion Dollar hole in the State Budget.





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