On Friday, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) denied recent claims that Florida is considering a “U-turn” on going back on the repeal of Disney’s special tax district for Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
A spokesman for the governor stated that DeSantis “does not make ‘U-turns.’ The governor was right to champion removing the extraordinary benefit given to one company through the RCID. We will have an even playing field for businesses in Florida, and the state certainly owes no special favors to one company.”
.@GovRonDeSantis does not make "U-turns." The governor was right to champion removing the extraordinary benefit given to one company through the RCID. We will have an even playing field for businesses in Florida, and the state certainly owes no special favors to one company. https://t.co/t4uglrOTsF
— Bryan Griffin (@BryanDGriffin) December 2, 2022
“Disney’s debts will not fall on the taxpayers of Florida,” A plan is in the works and will be released soon.”
The statement came in response to a recent article in the Financial Times that claimed that Florida lawmakers are looking to reverse the repeal of Disney’s special tax district that allowed the company to govern its facilities.
The repeal of these privileges came after the entertainment behemoth came out against the Parental Rights in Education Act, which barred the teaching of sexual orientation and gender identity in kindergarten through third-grade classrooms, which was passed by the Florida legislature earlier this year, according to NBC News.
The Financial Times reported that legislators in Tallahassee are considering a compromise that would allow Disney to keep the 55-year-old Reedy Creek Improvement District with only slight changes.
The potential change in attitude comes as Disney replaced CEO Bob Chapek with former-CEO Bob Iger. State Rep. Randy Fine (R), told the Financial Times that “It’s easier to shift policy when you don’t have to defend the old policy. Chapek screwed up, but Bob Iger doesn’t have to own that screw-up.”
At a town hall meeting for employees on Monday, Iger apologized for getting the company involved in political matters explaining that he was “sorry to see us get dragged into [the] battle.”
“What I can say [is] the state of Florida has been important to us for a long time and we have been very important to the state of Florida,” Iger stated to the gathered employees. “That is something I’m extremely mindful of and will articulate if I get the chance.”
In response to the potential change in course, Rep. Anthony Sabatini (R-FL) tweeted that he would be disappointed in the Florida legislature if they changed course: “Florida is preparing to cave & give Disney World—the most woke left-wing company in the world—a special tax district that’s essentially the most corrupt form of corporate welfare. Sad to see weak-kneed GOP politicians get overpowered on this.”
BREAKING: Florida is preparing to cave & give Disney World—the most woke left-wing company in the world—a special tax district that’s essentially the most corrupt form of corporate welfare
Sad to see weak-kneed GOP politicians get overpowered on thishttps://t.co/9WatM920fj
— Anthony Sabatini (@AnthonySabatini) December 2, 2022
It seems like both Rep. Sabatini and Gov. DeSantis are unwilling to change course on punishing Disney for getting involved in the education of children. Florida state representatives shouldn’t cave to corporate pressure and stick to their guns. Failing to do so would send a message to companies that they can involve themselves in politics without suffering the consequences of doing so.
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