Ron DeSantis continues to repeat the claim that Disney doesn't want to pay taxes and receives favorable treatment

Apr 27, 2023 in "The Walt Disney Company"

Posted: Thursday April 27, 2023 11:40am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has today responded to Disney filing a major lawsuit against him and the entire board of his hand-picked Central Florida Tourism Oversight District.

Following the same pattern of behavior that the Florida Governor has exhibited in his attacks on Disney over the last year, he repeated claims that Disney doesn't follow the same rules as everyone else and is put on a pedestal.

DeSantis frequently talks about Disney not paying its fair share of taxes and how that will change under his new oversight district. Disney points out that in 2022, it paid $1.146 billion in state and local taxes, making the Walt Disney Company the largest single taxpayer in Central Florida.

Speaking to media during a visit to Israel, DeSantis said, "They're upset because they're having to live by the same rules as everybody else. They don't want to pay the same taxes as everybody else and they want to be able to control things without proper oversight. The days of putting one company on a pedestal with no accountability are over in the state of Florida."

Disney claims in its lawsuit filed in a federal court yesterday that there has been "A targeted campaign of government retaliation-orchestrated at every step by Governor DeSantis as punishment for Disney's protected speech-now threatens Disney's business operations, jeopardizes its economic future in the region, and violates its constitutional rights."

Read more about Disney's lawsuit against Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

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vikescaper1 day ago

I could see them doing something similar to what they did to the BVD and Hotel Plaza Blvd intersection years ago. They changed the alignment so Hotel Plaza Blvd flows directly into BVD.

maxairmike1 day ago

As long as they're widening all the way from BVD to Avalon (mainly to match lane alignments since the Sawgrass/Flemings connection is finally being fast tracked) and working with CFX to finally signalize the 429 interchange, anything less than that is like putting a normal size bandaid on a multi-inch gash. I think they also need to look at an alternative to the standard intersection for BVD and Western Way given the volume of traffic there, but that's probably more of a multi-phase project like World Drive, as it would likely involve modifications to the World Drive/BVD interchange alignment and flow, as well as the Coronado intersection in what I envision as a "good" solution.

Brian4 days ago

Widening Western Way? Yes, please! That road is a nightmare between 4-6pm, thanks to the s***storm known as I-4!

DCBaker4 days ago

Here's what was in the BoS packet:

JoeCamel4 days ago

Who's 100M is it?

GoneViral4 days ago

Imagine if anyone in this thread had said six months ago that the CFTOD would propose $100 million to fix WDW roads. They would have been laughed out of here.

Goofyernmost5 days ago

Whereas, I have no degree in legal jargon, can someone please splain what that all means and did it have any fundamental changes to how it has always been run in the past as per ss. 123.4567-8910, G.F. 🤔 :)

DCBaker6 days ago

The agenda and documents for the CFTOD Board of Supervisors meeting on Wednesday, May 22 is now available at the link below. Here's what included for RESOLUTION NO. 661 (begins on page 270 in the PDF):

peter1143515 days ago

No. But it’s the start of the process

MR.Dis15 days ago

Does this mean a new agreement has been reached with Disney? I am trying to read between the lines on just what this is saying.

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Stripes28 days ago

Has Disney/CFTOD continued to replace the purple direction signage with the new blue color scheme since CFTOD took over?

mkt28 days ago

You're right. The new document will be different. It will be "different" in the way that Chris Gaines was "different" from Garth Brooks or how the drummer from Nirvana is "different" from the singer of the Foo Fighters.