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Gov. DeSantis cooks up gas stove tax break

• by A.G.Gancarski

Florida's Governor is keeping his word when it comes to future purchases of gas stoves, delivering on a promised tax exemption.

Gov. Ron DeSantis rolled out the first budget of his second term Wednesday, and among the proposed breaks for taxpayers is a $7 million permanent exemption on the appliances.

"No tax permanently on gas stoves," DeSantis said. "They want your gas stove and we're not going to let that happen."

Florida has the lowest rate of gas stove adoption in the country, but for DeSantis, "it's just the principle of it."

"They want to go after the gas stoves, so we're saying we want you to be able to buy them free of charge from the state of Florida taxes," DeSantis continued.

The tax break applies to the purchase of new stoves that are fueled by combustible gas, such as syngas, natural gas, propane, butane, liquefied petroleum gas or other flammable gas. For the Governor, the exemption heats up a culture war battle he engaged in after a federal official from the Consumer Product Safety Commission mulled a ban on new gas stoves, a move since walked back.