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Florida’s DeSantis Removes Disney Tax Break in ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Case

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on Friday signed a bill to dissolve the private government that Walt Disney World controls over its property in the state, punishing the entertainment giant for opposing a new law that critics are calling “Don’t say gay. ”

The move is expected to have huge fiscal implications for Disney and further strain relations between the Republican-led government and a major political player whose theme parks have turned Orlando into one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations.

For DeSantis, the attack on Disney is the latest front in a culture war waged against policies involving race, gender and the coronavirus, battles he fought to become one of the most popular Republicans in the country. and a likely 2024 presidential candidate.

The law would eliminate the Reedy Creek Improvement District, as the 55-year-old Disney government is known, along with a handful of other similar districts by June 2023. The measure restores the districts, leaving an avenue to renegotiate the future of the agreement which allows the company to provide services such as zoning, fire protection, utilities and infrastructure.

DeSantis said Friday the company will end up paying more taxes than it does now and the law shouldn’t result in higher taxes for residents around Disney. He gave no further details.

The dispute began with Disney’s criticism of a new law banning teaching about sexual orientation and gender identity in kindergarten through third grade as well as teaching that is not “school appropriate”. ‘age or development’. DeSantis and his fellow Republicans have defended the law as reasonable, saying parents, not teachers, should discuss these topics with children.

Under mounting pressure, Disney eventually said it would suspend political donations in the state and support organizations that oppose the new law.

“You are a corporation based in Burbank, Calif., and you are going to harness your economic might to attack parents in my state, DeSantis said Friday before signing the bill in a ceremony at Hialeah Gardens. “We see this as a provocation and we will fight against it.”

The governor hammered Disney for speaking out against the bill, portraying the company as a purveyor of “woke” ideology that injects inappropriate subject matter into children’s entertainment. In a fundraising pitch sent out this week, DeSantis told his supporters, “It took a look under the hood to see what Disney has become to truly understand their inappropriate influence.”