This is government overreach. This is big government at its worst. He is trying to regulate free speech and creativity.
- Brian 03/02/2023
Remember when Republicans were pro-business and would do everything to reduce the regulatory and tax burden on corporations?
Well, I guess that only lasted so far as companies keeping their mouths shut and staying out of politics other than donations.
This is fascism, and it's anti-business.
I don't think Disney will move out of Florida, but they can reduce headcount and change who they donate to. And they can stand stronger against fascists like DeSantis.
I hope they do.
Disney sidesteps DeSantis 1 day before DeSantis's appointed board members take over by transferring all powers from Reedy Developnent board to Disney, and leaving only the responsibility of roads & infrastructure to DeSantis run Reedy Develoomeny board.
In addition Reedy Decelopment Board can't use Disney characters or the Disney name, and the minimum wage was increased to $18/hr for 45,000 Disney workers which as the major employer forced the states hand in the minimum wage.
Looks like the mouse 🐭 will have the last word!
"Gov. Ron DeSantis' move to take over Walt Disney World's governing board in Florida may have backfired due to a prior obscure agreement that new governor-appointed board members argue stripped them of their power."
"According to the agreement text, Disney was given a slew of powers including development rights for the next thirty years, or 2053, and the authority to approve any design improvements."
"This essentially makes Disney the government," board member Ron Peri said during a meeting on Wednesday. "This board loses, for practical purposes, the majority of its ability to do anything beyond maintain the roads and maintain basic infrastructure."
"The 151-page Florida agreement also states that no "fanciful characters" owned by Disney, including Mickey Mouse, can be used by the board. The use of the name Disney is also banned."
"Disney World service workers on Wednesday were voting on whether to accept a union contract offer that would raise the starting minimum wage to $18 an hour by the end of the year."
- DaveS 03/02/2023
Corporations just like individuals, voicing their opinion, can be a target of political pressure of a want-a-be dictatorship, whether you are right or not. It is dangerous to allow retaliation by government or corporations.
- Heatherbeth 08/24/2023
We shouldn't use government to take aim at companies that disagree with politicians.
- Adam 08/23/2023
Here's something new and fun.
"Jewett also said that scheme DeSantis’ allies refer to in their complaint to Florida’s Inspector General amounted to a perk for the district’s employees, including the firefighters and safety administrators."
- Jean 08/23/2023
CAUSES TELLS ME, THEN ASKS: "Disney is filing a counterclaim against the board appointed by DeSantis to take control of Walt Disney World's special tax district, claiming Florida is infringing on their freedom of speech.Do you think businesses will reconsider operating in Florida?" ME: GO DISNEY! And I most certainly hope business reconsider operating in -- and stay away from or move out of -- Florida...and Texas...and Alabama ...and...and...
It's not just about Disney World!
DeSantis’ ‘anti-woke’ bills are costing Florida millions of dollars in business
By Alicia Wallace, CNN
Minneapolis (CNN) — A slew of new bills signed into law by Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has draped the Sunshine State in controversy, spurring protests, lawsuits and travel advisories warning the state is “openly hostile” toward people of color, immigrants, women and LGBTQ+ community members.
The fallout is starting to spread to a key economic artery for an income-tax-free state heavily reliant upon tourism taxes: Florida’s convention business.
In recent weeks, at least a dozen organizations have announced plans to either cancel or relocate their upcoming conferences scheduled to take place in Florida, making a statement by having their thousands of attendees and millions of dollars flow into other states deemed safer and more welcoming.
While DeSantis’ office brushes this off as a “media-driven stunt,” tourism officials and community organizations in the state say what’s happening now may be just the beginning.
“Unlike leisure business, which is a very short-term booking window [in weeks or months], conference business is long term,” said Stacy Ritter, president and chief executive officer of the Visit Lauderdale tourism marketing agency in Broward County, Florida. “We’re booking ’26 to ‘30 now, so any impact that this might have is not going to be seen for years to come.”
As of July 26, Ritter said that Visit Lauderdale has tallied 10 events and conventions that were canceled by organizations citing recently enacted laws, policies and travel advisories. That amounts to 15,000 lost hotel room nights and an estimated $20 million economic impact, she said.
- Joan 08/22/2023
This is a confusing question and answer pairing! Yes, I think businesses will reconsider business in Florida. Our only choice is to move into the future. We cannot move into the past, which is what Republicans want to see us do. Not only will businesses reconsider their options when faced with bass-ackwards policies of such individuals such as DeSantis and Abbott, other investments will suffer as well. Large donors of e.g., universities will also be rethinking their gifts. In the long run, the state and the people will suffer under the petty, vindictive and discriminatory policies of DeSantis and Abbott.
- Jim 08/22/2023
If Disantis wants to create an environment hostile to businesses. I guess the population that voted him in can bear the brunt of his actions. I have no sympathy.
- Harry 08/22/2023
Just read a article how California and New York are continuing to lose big tech and investment companies to Florida and Texas. They have lost over a trillion dollars in assets and investments. I think that is the asnwer to your question.
- 530 East Hunt Highway 08/22/2023
Disney isn't any business and Disney's deal far exceeded what any other company could do today in getting these concessions
- John 08/22/2023
Ron DeSantis is a sissy boy joke, he has made an ass out of himself and he knows it that's why he's trying to distance of himself from the whole Disney farce DeSantis himself concocted.
This sissy boy man spends almost all of his time picking on those that have nothing that can't fight back a classic Sissy boy move. DeSantis is nothing short of a waste of human organs. An idiot that has totally proven that he doesn't have the mental capacity to be governor let alone president of this country. What the hell is wrong with republican party.
Disney Files Counterclaim Against DeSantis-Appointed Board
I approve of this latest move.
Do you think businesses will reconsider operating in Florida?
I think business have different agendas which may or may not be immediately impacted by DeSantis' Anti-Truth, Anti-Education, Anti-Voter, Anti-LGBT+, Anti-Immigrant, etc. Policies. In the end, it is likely Florida businesses will take a hit in three to five years.
I read that the convention business is already facing a long term impact since conventions are booked years in advance. Tourism has also been impacted to a slight degree. The League of United Latin American Citizens, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and the L.G.B.T.Q. organization Equality Florida have issued Travel warnings. Thus far, the warnings seem to have had minimal impact. It may take time for people to decide on alternatives to doing business with Florida's businesses.
NYTimes: Despite Battle Over Politics, Florida Tourism Rolls On
- PLD 07/04/2023
The cost of ignorant hate must have a price. That, for DeSantis and the Florida legislors, should be the most effective: ones that hurt their pocketss. Consequently, let businesses seek other locations and citizens boycott Florida travel and spending. I'm with THE MOUSE on this one!
- DaveS 06/11/2023
Businesses support Trump DeSantis and the Republican Party what do they expect when they support fascist dictatorships? The supreme courts support the extreme right propaganda and screw up the country, now the reality of their decisions is setting in. It's too little to late for a reality check!
- Dan 06/07/2023
Come on folks. I can not believe this guy was elected to be governor of Florida, much less run for the President of our Country. I support Disneys right to speak out against the unprecedented hatred and actions agains freedom of speech.
- Surender 05/02/2023
A record-breaking blob of smelly seaweed is arriving in Florida
This blob dwarfs the stink exuded by swamp inhabitants desantis and trump
please don't let them pollute the rest of the country !
- Renee 05/01/2023
I think that businesses shouldn't be political anyway!!!! So, if that is what you are about, hit the pike.