RPOF Newsletter 02/13/2023

Governor Ron DeSantis Highlights Plan to Provide Tax Relief for Florida Families

During a visit to Ocala on February 8, Governor Ron DeSantis shared details of the Family-Focused Tax Relief package – the largest tax relief proposal in Florida history – to save Florida families a historic $2 billion during the 2023-2024 fiscal year.

He was joined by Senate President Kathleen Passidomo and House Speaker Paul Renner who expressed their intent to pass the tax relief plan, which is a part of the Governor’s Framework for Freedom Budget proposal announced last week. The average Florida family could save up to $1,000 a year under this plan.

Inflation continues to burden Florida families and we must fight back against rising costs by cutting the sales tax on necessary items. We are able to provide this record $2 billion in tax relief because of our smart fiscal policies and strong reserves. It is important that we pass those savings on to Florida families so they can keep more of their hard-earned money in their own pockets.”

– Governor Ron DeSantis, February 8, 2023


“While under the leadership of Governor DeSantis Florida’s economy is booming, the pain of inflation due to the disastrous economic policies on the national level is very real for many Florida families. Florida cannot independently fix all of the problems created by the federal government, but we can and we will do our part to support Florida families by passing historic, broad-based tax cuts that help Floridians keep more of their hard-earned money.”

– Senate President Kathleen Passidomo, February 8, 2023


“Hard-working Floridians are tired of scraping by, having to do more with less because Washington politicians refuse to cut wasteful spending or curb inflationary policies. Floridians can count on Governor DeSantis and their state legislators to balance our budget and strategically build up reserves. I look forward to working with the Governor, Senate President Passidomo, and our colleagues in the House and Senate to deliver meaningful tax relief for families when they need it most.”

– House Speaker Paul Renner, February 8, 2023

The tax relief plan includes a one year sales tax exemption on children’s items like books and toys; a permanent sales tax exemption on baby and toddler necessities like clothing, cribs, and strollers; and an expansion of the annual Back to School tax holiday.

Read the press release HERE.

Governor Ron DeSantis Hosts Roundtable Discussion on Legacy Media Defamation Practices

Governor Ron DeSantis held a roundtable discussion on Tuesday in Hialeah Gardens to discuss the damaging impacts of defamation from the legacy media as it becomes a more prevalent issue in the lives of everyday citizens. The panel included victims of media defamation, legal experts, and a member of the media who has witnessed the defamatory practices of his colleagues.

“We’ve seen over the last generation legacy media outlets increasingly divorce themselves from the truth and instead try to elevate preferred narratives and partisan activism over reporting the facts,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “When the media attacks me, I have a platform to fight back. When they attack everyday citizens, these individuals don’t have the adequate recourses to fight back. In Florida, we want to stand up for the little guy against these massive media conglomerates.”

– Governor Ron DeSantis, February 7, 2023

The Governor also called upon the legislature to take action during the upcoming Legislative Session to protect Floridians from the life-altering ramifications that defamation from the media can cause for a person who does not have the means or the platform to defend themself. Current law does not provide adequate protection for everyday Floridians to protect themselves from defamatory or libelous speech by news organizations.

Click HERE to watch the roundtable. Use of video courtesy of the Executive Office of Governor Ron DeSantis.

Republican Party of Florida’s Response to President Biden’s State of the Union Address

“Florida is the nation’s safeguard from Biden’s incompetence and weakness. In fact, every time Joe Biden speaks in public, Florida’s population grows.”  

RPOF Statement on Joe Biden’s Visit to Tampa

“If anyone needed a reminder as to why counties like Hillsborough and Pinellas flipped for Governor DeSantis, they have one today with Biden’s visit to Tampa. Biden and Democrats consistently put special interests over educators and students, inflationary spending over the best interest of American families, and open borders over American security.”    

  • The federal government refusing to act on Florida’s Prescription Drug Importation proposalis just another example of the Biden Administration trying to hold Florida back.  

  • Florida submitted its landmark Canadian Drug Importation Program to the federal government. This program could save Floridians $150 million annually, yet the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has refused to act on this proposal.  

  • In response to federal government inaction, Florida is finding innovative ways to drive transparency and accountability among health care services.  

  • Joe Biden has continuously attacked Governor DeSantis’ efforts to ensure that Florida kids are being educated in schools, not indoctrinated.
    • Joe Biden took issuewith Florida’s common sense Parental Rights in Education legislation, which ensures that young children are being taught reading, writing, and arithmetic in schools, not sex and gender theory.   
  • Florida serves as the nation’s safeguard from federal government overreach and incompetence:
    • When Joe Biden tried to impose a job-killing vaccine mandate, Governor DeSantis stood in his way
    • Governor DeSantis urged Democrats and Biden to be more ambitious in opening schools. 
    • After the Biden Administration issued unscientific and inconsistent recommendations that school-aged children wear masks, Governor DeSantis protectedparents’ freedom to choose.  
    • While Joe Biden refuses to secure the border,Governor DeSantis has taken action to protect Floridians from the dangerous impacts of the Biden Border Crisis.  
    • The Florida Disaster Fund has stepped inwhere FEMA denied funds for hurricane victims.   
    • Amid the worst inflation in four decades,Governor DeSantis has proposed historic tax relief via the Framework for Freedom budget to permanently end sales tax on essential household and children’s items.   


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