Disney’s legislature is holding a special session to deal with a few topics, namely the redistricting issue, and it looks like Governor DeSantis is gonna take full advantage of that to score an immediate and major victory over the woke Disney corporation, with Tim Swain tweeting out the news and saying:
🚨BREAKING: Governor DeSantis announces Florida’s special session will include ENDING Disney’s tax privilege & special exemption status.
This is a huge win! Disney is pro-groomer and want to sexually indoctrinate children. Republicans must understand that woke corporations are the ENEMY! Follow me to keep updated!
That news came from a press conference where DeSantis said, while announcing that the legislature would consider taking away Disney’s special privileges as part of its meeting on determining congressional reapportionment in Florida for the next election, saying:
“we are expanding the call of what they are going to be considering this week and so…they also will be considering the termination of all special districts that were enacted in Florida prior to 1968 and that includes the Reedy Creek Improvement District.”
Describing what that means, Forbes reports that:
Reedy Creek, a special taxing district that was established through the 1967 Reedy Creek Improvement Act, covers Walt Disney World in Florida and essentially allows the theme park to operate as its own city, with control over everything from construction zoning, fire department services, water, roads, building codes and more.
DeSantis tweeted out the video of that statement and said:
In addition to congressional reapportionment, this week’s special session will include termination of legacy special districts and removal of exemptions from the big tech accountability law.
In addition to congressional reapportionment, this week's special session will include termination of legacy special districts and removal of exemptions from the big tech accountability law. pic.twitter.com/67sF4E113I
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) April 19, 2022
The statement, while a major step up in the culture war fight between Florida and Disney, shouldn’t be a major surprise. DeSantis announced that such an attack might be in the cards back in March, saying:
“Disney has alienated a lot of people now. And so the political influence they’re used to wielding, I think has dissipated. And so the question is, why would you want to have special privileges in the law at all? And I don’t think that that we should.”
CNN, reporting on the importance of that statement, said:
DeSantis’ remarks follow a revelation that some Republican state lawmakers are considering repealing a 1967 state law that established the Reedy Creek Improvement District, giving Disney the power to establish its own government in central Florida.
“Yesterday was the 2nd meeting in a week [with] fellow legislators to discuss a repeal of the 1967 Reedy Creek Improvement Act, which allows Disney to act as its own government,” state Rep. Spencer Roach, a Republican, wrote Wednesday on Twitter. “If Disney wants to embrace woke ideology, it seems fitting that they should be regulated by Orange County.”
So, DeSantis is fulfilling yet another pledge and now he’s taking on Disney with a sledgehammer. This should be fun to watch; the woke corporation is about to reap what it’s sown in a major way.