The Center Square Florida
By Bethany Blankley
November 30, 2021

Gas Prices
High gas prices are posted at a full service gas station in Beverly Hills, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021. The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline jumped by 5 cents over the past two weeks, to $3.49 per gallon. The price at the pump is $1.30 higher than a year ago. Damian Dovarganes | AP

(The Center Square) – Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis says he will ask state lawmakers to cut gas and fuel taxes by $1 billion when the legislature convenes in January.

His challenger, U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist and former governor, asked him to lower gas and fuel prices before the holidays.

“With the holiday season approaching, it’s time the governor turned his attention to the real issues facing Floridians,” Crist said in a news release. “Instead of convening a special legislative session in Tallahassee that hurts our residents and businesses, the Governor and the Legislature should suspend the state gas tax for the rest of the year so that we can finally offer relief to hard-working Floridians and mom-and-pop small businesses being squeezed at the pump.”

In addition to the tax cut, DeSantis called on fuel stations to cut prices by 25 cents a gallon.

DeSantis said he’s concerned that an increase in salaries and wages won’t be enough to cover the rising costs of goods due to record inflation. DeSanits blames inflation on Biden’s economic policies.

“Even if you start making more money, if the prices [for goods and fuel] are going up faster than your wages or salary, you’re actually losing money in this inflationary economy,” he said.

The national average price for a gallon of regular gasoline is $3.41. For diesel, it’s $3.64 a gallon, according to AAA.

Gas prices were up $1.29 a gallon on average nationwide compared to the same time last year, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

DeSantis said that cutting the state gas taxes will not impact Florida’s ability to pay for a range of initiatives and infrastructure projects in the works because the state has “more reserves than ever before.”

DeSantis has already spoken with executives at several large Florida-based gas stations, he said, and all agreed to lower gasoline prices along with the tax cut.

But even though Floridians can look forward to paying less at the pump, it will take seven months before they see lower prices.

The regular legislative session will be held between January and March next year. Once a bill passes and is signed into law, the gas and fuel tax cuts wouldn’t go into effect until the beginning of the fiscal year on July 1.

The announcement comes after President Joe Biden is expected to announce the release of 50 million barrels of oil from the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve on Tuesday, hoping this will lower gas prices and meet demand. This is only a temporary solution, critics argue. Real energy policies focused on U.S. oil and gas production could easily meet demand and pump much needed supply bolstering jobs and the economy, they argue.

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Richard Norman Kurpiers
Richard Norman Kurpiers
1 month ago

Unfortunately, about 25% of that $1B will be a windfall enjoyed by out-of-state tourists and not Floridians.

Barnes Moore
Barnes Moore
1 month ago

And, how exactly does this hurt Floridians?

Richard Norman Kurpiers
Richard Norman Kurpiers
1 month ago
Reply to  Barnes Moore

Who do you think funds the $1B, $250 million of which will go to non-Floridians?

1 month ago


But at the same time the lower gas prices will encourage out of state visitors to come to FL and spend lots of money at hotels, restaurants and shops. From AAA – as of 12/1, average gas price for regular in FL is $3.33; for GA it is $3.21.

Richard Norman Kurpiers
Richard Norman Kurpiers
1 month ago
Reply to  DAVID LOTT

Just a gut feel, but I don’t think gas prices, high or low, is a determining factor in attracting tourists. I’ll bet they don’t even know the gas prices until after arriving in the state.

1 month ago

For first time traveler’s I am sure you are right. But FB/AI attracts a large number of repeat visitors arriving from car. Used to be the mantra to always fill up in Kingsland before crossing the state line, but with a reduction in the sales tax, that won’t necessarily be the case.

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