Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) signed a $109.9 billion budget on Thursday, vetoing $3.1 billion in spending and diverting taxpayer funds from a sports complex that is being considered as a possible spring training facility for the Tampa Bay Rays.
According to The Washington Examiner, Republicans claimed the necessity to protect the state “against what very well may be a Biden-induced recession” at the signing ceremony in Pasco County, Florida, which would have cost around $35 million.
Following the Texas and New York shootings, the Rays recently called for a stop to gun violence, according to a report from OutKick, and the decision was made in response to the team’s support for gun restrictions and “politicizing” the tragedies.
“The most recent mass shootings in Buffalow and Uvalde have shaken us to our core. The Tampa Bay Rays are mourning these heartbreaking tragedies that took the lives of innocent children and adults.”
“This cannot become normal. We cannot become numb. We cannot look the other way. We all know, if nothing changes, nothing changes,” the team went on to say.
“Rays organization stands committed to actionable change and has made a $50,000 commitment to Everytown for Gun Safty’s Support Fund.
“Everytown is the largest gun violence prevention organization in America. Rather than our usual game coverage on social media tonight we’ve partnered with Everytown to amply facts about gun violence in America.”
“We understand that no single organization can solve this crisis alone, but working together we can make an impact. We invite you to join us and do what you can, when you can, where you can – because our lives depend on it.”
— Josh Hammer (@josh_hammer) June 2, 2022