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Florida legislature to seek $ 1 billion in gas tax relief

The Florida legislature will continue providing $ 1 billion in gas tax relief in the next session, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) announced on Monday.

Speaking in Daytona, Florida from iconic Buc-ee’s convenience store, DeSantis exposed the negative economic situation of the American people.

“We are happy to be here. We’re not as happy to see what’s going on with much of the inflation that’s happening in the economy. If you look at, say, Thanksgiving, the price of a Thanksgiving dinner has gone up by over 20%, a little more than last year, ”he said, noting that – even with increases – people are losing ground in this “inflationary economy”.

“Biden said it wasn’t real 6 months ago, that no serious person thought inflation was real, and in fact now we know it’s real. We knew it then, I said it then, but now everyone recognizes it. This is really very serious, ”he said, adding that it hits Americans in“ various ”ways, including gas prices.

“If we were here a year ago in Daytona, you could get a gallon of gasoline – now it’s $ 3.34. It’s $ 1.31 more than a year ago today right here, and this is really true in the rest of the country, ”he said, noting that the supply chain crisis only exacerbates the problem. problem.

For this reason, the next legislative session will continue to provide more than $ 1 billion in gas tax relief to Florida families, “and it’s going to make a big, big, difference,” he said. he announces.

According to the Republican governor, the average family could save $ 200 over a period of 5 to 6 months with this relief.

As a supporter holds up a Brandon, Florida sign, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, center, addresses members of the media in Brandon, Florida. Governor DeSantis adopted “Let’s Go Brandon”. The Republican governor’s campaign said it chose the small suburb of Tampa, Brandon, as the location for Thursday signing a bill opposing White House vaccination mandates, trolling President Joe Biden by referring to what has become a popular surrogate for cursing the president. (AP Photo / Chris O’Meara)

While he recognizes that a lot goes into the price of gasoline, “he said they would” take over 25 cents from Florida and “zero that for as long as we can.”

The state, he said, is in excellent financial shape to do so, able to help those who “get hammered by rising gas prices.”

“So we are here to do something,” he said, adding that companies such as Buc-ee’s and Wawa are “absolutely determined to lower the price when we eventually adopt this.”

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