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DeSantis Mocks Biden One Day After President Visited Florida

Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/CC BY-SA 2.0, via Flickr
Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/CC BY-SA 2.0, via Flickr

Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) touts Florida's gas tax holiday and mocks President Biden's fuel price record since taking office.

At a press briefing on hurricane and recovery efforts, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis took a moment to celebrate his gas tax holiday going into effect.

The Sunshine State is ranked fifth lowest in the country for filling up a tank to stand to study, with a teen station selling products at $299 per gallon. He also took the opportunity to dine with President Biden on the issue of high fuel costs since the 46th president took office.

DeSantis has been touring his state in recent days, assessing and directing cleanup and infrastructure restoration following the deadly storm. The Republican Governor is also set to face Charlie Chris at the polls, with recent polls showing DeSantis with a consistent lead.

DeSantis said:

I'm also glad that effective Saturday we instituted our gas tax holiday in the State of Florida, and so we now basically don't pay the state portion, so 25 cents off every gallon. And if you look at the prices in Florida since that's gone into effect and been internalized in the market, we all have the fifth lowest gas prices in the country right now.

So and I actually saw it in different places. I was driving. I have not seen gas under three dollars in a long time, certainly not since January 20th of a year and a half ago. So that's just the nature of it, so we're glad that was in effect.

We think that it will help people save money over the course of this holiday and, of course, we're going to do a lot more. We have a lot of other tax relief that's been in effect, as well. We have no tax on diapers and baby items for the new family, which is really really good.

I've also had a proposal for next year. We want to make all of the baby items, including cribs and strollers, have no sales tax permanently. That's what we're looking to do.

We're also going to have, we think for a year, no sales tax on any household item under 25, so you think about the things you buy that'll really add up over the course of a year. We're also doing and not every place has the same number of toll roads throughout the state, but for commuters, it can hit them, so we're going to slash the tolls by 50 and that'll save people potentially hundreds of dollars in places like South Florida, probably a thousand dollars to fifteen hundred a year.

I think the gas tax is a good thing and you know what OPEC is doing. Unfortunately, I think that this is likely to go up between now and the end of the year and into next year. I mean, that's just what I would bet. I hope that's not the case, but I think that there are a lot of ominous signs on the horizon with that.



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