Breaking News: GOP Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Legislation That Takes Away Disney’s Self-Governing Status In Florida

Credits: Daniel A. Varela

On Monday, the Republican Governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis passed new legislation that prohibits the board members of Disney from taking any benefits through specific tax laws.  

The intent behind the legislation is to form a state board that oversees the administration of the Reedy Creek Improvement District. The area comes under governmental jurisdiction and also includes Disney World.

Gov. DeSantis wrote on his Twitter:

“I signed legislation to end Disney’s self-governing status, placed the area in state receivership, and appointed 5 members to a state control board. Disney no longer has its own government, will live under the same laws as everyone else and pay its debts and fair share of taxes.”

During a press briefing, the GOP Gov. stated:

“Since the 1960s, they’ve enjoyed privileges unlike any company or individual in the state of Florida has ever enjoyed. They had exemptions from laws that everyone else had to follow. They were able to get huge amounts of benefits without paying their fair share of taxes.”

DeSantis claimed:

“How do you give one theme park its government and then treat all of the other theme parks differently?

So we believe that that was not a good policy. We believe that being joined at the hip with this one California-based company was not something that was justifiable or sustainable.”

He added:

“Today the corporate kingdom finally comes to an end. There’s a new sheriff in town and accountability will be the order of the day.”

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