DeSantis Just Showed America What A True Leader Does When Economic Times Are Tough

Written By BlabberBuzz | Monday, 09 May 2022 05:15
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Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) signed the "largest tax relief in the history of the state of Florida" on Friday when he passed a $1.2 billion relief plan.

According to the report, DeSantis' plan is meant to ease Floridians from the pressure coming from the record inflation under President Joe Biden.

Gas, diapers, hurricane supplies, and other essential items will all be tax free, according to the plan.

The gas relief itself will save drivers in the Sunshine State about 25 cents per gallon, DeSantis said. Gas costs roughly $4.28 per gallon nationally, according to AAA.

"You look at the fuel — I have not seen it under $4 for a long time," the governor said. "You've not seen any real relief."

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The plan will also cover items including diapers, clothing, and shoes for children 5 and under, the report noted.

"Families will be able to save for things that really matter to them," DeSantis said.

Along with the tax breaks, DeSantis said a 14-day back-to-school sales tax holiday would start July 25, with a 14-day disaster preparedness sales tax holiday beginning May 28. But wait, there's more!

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A "Freedom Week" sales tax holiday will begin July 1, and a skilled-worker tools sales tax holiday will begin Sept. 3.

The entire tax relief program is worth $1.2 billion in tax breaks over the course of two years, according to DeSantis.

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"You have the inflation, now the Fed will keep raising interest rates, and it's going to slow down the economy," DeSantis said. "So there are just a lot of storms on the horizon."

The legislation carries $1.2 billion in tax breaks over two years, which DeSantis said will cushion an uncertain economy.

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The Florida Senate Minority Leader calls the year-long tax holiday on diapers a longstanding priority that she wants to make permanent. "One in three families suffer from diaper needs," said Sen. Lauren Book, D-Senate Minority Leader. "This will go a long, long way towards keeping children and families safer and healthier."

"A one-year tax break on children's diapers is important, but it's not going to cover the cost of rent," said Rep. Anna Eskamani, D-Orlando. Eskamani supports the changes but worries they’re too short and that retailers will exploit them by raising prices to offset benefits.

"There could have been a lot more done to help ensure that families struggling with a rent increase would have more money in their pocket," Eskamani said.

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