May 13, 2022 Updated 11:13 A.M. ET
TALLAHASSEE (FLV) – After it was revealed that wholesale prices increased 11% since April 2021, and 0.5% over the month, Gov. Ron DeSantis’ office told Florida’s Voice that tax relief at the state level can only go so far and that “federal government policies are driving inflation.”
“The Governor has never claimed that he could directly influence the inflation caused at the federal level with any state policy. That’s because the federal government is responsible for this inflationary mess, which is affecting the entire country, and they are the only ones who can reverse course and get us out of it,” Press Secretary Christina Pushaw said.
DeSantis first raised the alarm about ‘Bidenflation’ last Spring when the U.S Federal Reserve wrongfully claimed that inflation is “transitory.”
“Inflation has risen, largely reflecting transitory factors,” the Fed said last April.
DeSantis recently signed the largest tax relief package in the history of Florida, which is set to save Floridians over $1 billion in tax relief. Tax holidays will take place beginning May 14th and will run through October 31, ranging from children’s books being tax free to cutting the gas tax to the tune of $200 million.
More details on DeSantis’ tax relief package can be found here.
Pushaw said that the tax holidays are the Governor’s way to “offset some of the economic harms caused by the Biden administration for Floridians.”
“Because of the price hikes caused by Biden’s inflation, these tax savings will likely be necessary for the average Floridian simply to attempt to maintain their family’s standard of living while affording the same goods and services they need to buy every year. In fact, these tax holidays will result in the highest net benefit to economically vulnerable Floridians, as inflation is a tax that hits hardest on the lowest incomes,” she said.
“Florida’s economy has consistently outpaced the nation, but we are still fighting against inflationary policies imposed on us by the Biden administration. In Florida, we are going to support our residents and help them afford the goods that they need. Florida has been fiscally responsible, so we are in a good position to provide meaningful relief for families, right now.”Gov. Ron DeSantis
DeSantis has suggested various methods that the federal government can implement to decrease inflation and help all Americans, like cutting red tape, increasing domestic fuel production, stop printing money, and to halt excessive spending.
“It is a governor’s prerogative to help the state’s citizens weather poor economic climate to the extent possible, by reducing state-imposed tax burdens when federal government policies are driving inflation,” Pushaw continued.
“The legislation I signed today will provide Floridians more than $1.2 billion in tax relief on gas, diapers, school supplies, tools for skilled trades, event tickets and much more,” DeSantis said. “This robust tax relief package is one of the ways Florida is fighting back against Bidenflation.”
The Biden Administration halted new oil and gas leases across the U.S. to which DeSantis responded that Biden “doesn’t care” about Americans “struggling” to pay for gas.
“Americans are struggling with record gas prices – up over 50% since Biden took office – but he doesn’t care. Rather than expand domestic energy production, he continues to reduce U.S. production capacity (increasing our reliance on foreign oil) by canceling our oil & gas leases,” DeSantis said on Twitter.
As of May 13th, the average price of gas is $4.466 for regular in Florida.
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