Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis said on Monday that his state’s government would likely take control of Disney’s self-governing district after he signed a bill ending its private government.
The Reedy Creek Improvement District could soon be in the hands of the state rather than Disney’s own power and influence.
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“Even though there are ways you could potentially have local communities absorb jurisdiction over Disney – after seeing them threatening to raise taxes on their citizens, we are not going to be in a situation where we’re just going to be giving them locally control,” DeSantis said.
“[It’s] more likely that the state will simply assume control and make sure that we’re able to impose the law and make sure we’re collecting the taxes,” he added.
“Disney will have to follow the same laws that every other company has to follow in the state of Florida,” DeSantis said. “They will pay their share of taxes, and they will be responsible for paying the debts.”https://t.co/AaIUhqQjzG
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DeSantis helped lead a change in the state’s laws regarding the district after Disney’s response to the state’s new Parental Rights in Education law.
The new move will remove Disney from having as much influence over the state while making them pay for their fair share like the rest of those living in Florida.