DeSantis calls inflation a ‘huge problem,’ pledges gas tax relief

(Chris O'Meara, Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Gov. Ron DeSantis said Monday that the state legislature will pursue gas tax relief for Florida residents, calling inflation a “huge problem.”

At a news conference Monday morning in Daytona Beach, accompanied by the state’s Department of Transportation Secretary Kevin J. Thibault, DeSantis placed the blame on “inflationary policies out of Washington.”

“The price of a Thanksgiving dinner is up over 20% just over last year,” DeSantis said. “I think what’s most dramatic, because it affects most people in their daily lives, is gas prices going up.”

The average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline in the state jumped 10 cents in the middle of last week to $3.36, according to the American Automobile Association, the highest price at any point since September 2014. It sat at $3.35 on Monday morning, six cents below the national average of $3.41.

DeSantis spoke from a Buc-ee’s at 2330 Gateway North Drive in Daytona Beach.

Watch a replay of the news conference: