Gov. DeSantis cooks up gas stove tax break

Ron DeSantis
'They want your gas stove and we're not going to let that happen.'

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.

The Governor’s political operation has marketed merchandise cashing in on the prospect of a gas stove grab, and he has offered a series of incendiary quips in defense of the appliances.

“When we say don’t tread on Florida or let us alone, we mean that, including on your gas stoves! You’re not taking our gas stoves away from us. That’s your choice! I know many people who cook a lot who do not want to part with their gas stoves,” said DeSantis earlier this month at a press conference in The Villages.

“We’re going to stand up for that. You know, they float this to try to do, and they want to do it, let’s just be honest. And then you start to see the narrative kick into gear. CNN segments saying it’s causing asthma in kids, and all this other stuff. And then they start propagating the narrative, but then they got blowback, so they’ve kind of had to retreat from that,” DeSantis added.

“And now the narrative machine is like ‘Oh, why are these conservatives talking about gas stoves! They’re trying to stoke issues.’ No. You were trying to do it and we’re fighting back. The bottom line is anything they can get away with, they’re going to get away with. And this is just a perfect example of that.”

Despite DeSantis’ recent relish for the appliances, Floridians have been slow adopters.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration reported in 2020 that just 8% of homes in the state use gas stoves, with 92% choosing electric. That is the lowest rate of gas stove use in the country, tied with Maine. Nationally, 38% of homes have gas stoves, meanwhile.

Though gas stoves do not predominate in Florida, a recent Harvard Harris Poll suggests Americans back DeSantis’ play.

When it came to the proposed “ban,” framed in the polling as one on use of gas stoves rather than a prohibition on the sale of new ones, the survey shows clear opposition. While it may not be surprising that 78% of Republicans and 72% of independents oppose a ban, a slim majority of Democrats (53%) also want to maintain the gas stove status quo.

The good news for gas stove enthusiasts continued on another question, asking whether certain industries or products needed more government regulation. Just 24% of respondents wanted government to do more, with 39% saying they wanted less regulation, putting the pro-regulation camp 15 points underwater.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


10 comments

  • Linwood Wright

    February 1, 2023 at 11:44 am

    Nobody is coming for your gas stove you knuckle-dragging idiots.

  • ScienceBLVR

    February 1, 2023 at 11:56 am

    Oh my! Thank goodness DeSantis isn’t going to pry gas stoves out of our cold dead hands. He is such a champion of freedom! Freedom to own a gas stove, which almost nobody cares about or even owns. Great! Too bad he’s not protecting freedom of speech, or rights to health care, or to read a book by a Pulitzer winning author, or to express your own political beliefs without being woke, or take an AP class on AA history, or to not be indoctrinated with state sponsored religious dogma, well.. DeSantis just ain’t the “Freedom Lovin” he pretends to be. But, if you tell people a false narrative enough times, they do start to believe it, even if it’s crappola.

  • Tjb

    February 1, 2023 at 12:00 pm

    What is DeSantis doing to lower my property.taxes and insurance rates?

    • Peggy

      February 1, 2023 at 12:16 pm

      Nothing.

      DeSantis doesn’t care about real issues. Only theatrics.

  • Peggy

    February 1, 2023 at 12:00 pm

    More meaningless theatrics from this absolute trashcan of a human being who does everything he can to avoid doing actual governing.

    Very few homes in this state even have gas lines to their kitchen, and new constructions with gas lines are almost unheard of in Florida.

    But by all means, make your big bold statement about “No Taxes on Gas Stoves!” that won’t even make the slightest dent on anything, because almost nobody here is going to buy a gas stove anyway.

    But when it comes to fixing the affordable housing crisis, the home insurance crisis, and livable wages (Florida ranks #38th in average income) this fool sits on his hands and just spews more Culture War nonsense to rile up his base of idiots to make them all think he’s doing anything worthwhile.

    DeSantis is the worst governor this state has ever seen. An absolute disaster, and anybody with an IQ above that of a clay brick can see that.

  • Victoria

    February 1, 2023 at 12:42 pm

    The worst governor ever. Why doesn’t he solve one of our many problems, like excessive driver texting resulting in our top-tier status for serious accidents in Florida?

  • Josh Green

    February 1, 2023 at 3:07 pm

    Hey Republicans! Did you guys hear what Joe Biden said about drinking your own diarrhea?

    He said it’s bad for you and you shouldn’t do it. He said they might even try to pass a law that makes it illegal to drink your own diarrhea! This is anti-Freedom wokeness!

    Biden is a Big Government stooge!
    Drinking your own diarrhea is Patriotic!

    DeSantis needs to get on TV right now and make a statement that encourages you to drink your own diarreah! For Florida! For America!

  • Laura E

    February 1, 2023 at 5:24 pm

    Can we get President Biden to say he is going to forbid reasonably priced homeowners insurance from stable insurance companies in FL? Maybe then DeSantis will focus on doing something to stabilize the homeowners insurance market and help the companies raise reasonably priced capital so they have the necessary reserves.

  • goodriddance

    February 2, 2023 at 9:45 am

    Government by Twitter troll. I’m happy every single day to have moved out of Florida

  • Susan Trumble

    February 6, 2023 at 6:55 am

    What a moron! Trying to make something out of nothing….just like his idiotic “anti-woke” and “don’t say gay” policies. I am woke, woke, woke, and I say “gay”, “gay”, “gay”. If I were a school librarian, and his book Nazis tried to remove books from my library, they would have to haul me off to jail!

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