DeSantis to Veto $35 Million Tax Break for Tampa Bay Rays Following Franchise’s Vocal Support of Gun Control

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QUICK FACTS:
  • Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is poised to veto the $35 million tax break for Tampa Bay Rays facility following their hardline stance on gun control in recent weeks.
  • After the recent shootings in New York and Texas, the team dedicated time on their social media account to talking about solutions, asserting a need for gun control in the U.S.
  • DeSantis is holding the line for those who don’t want sports involved in the cultural divide, according to OutKick, who reportedly received exclusive information on DeSantis’ plans.
  • The governor’s decision also puts him ideologically in line with Floridians who argue that the proposal should be rejected because it’s an improper use of tax dollars.
RAYS’ STATEMENT ON GUN CONTROL:
  • “We all deserve to be safe – in schools, grocery stores, places of worship, our neighborhoods, houses, and America,” the team said in a Tweet. “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.”
BACKGROUND:
  • Should DeSantis follow through with his veto, the Rays would be the second major organization to find itself on out with the Republican governor, next to Disney.
  • DeSantis made headlines earlier in the year when he revoked Disney’s special tax and self-governing privileges after the company made itself part of the story about Florida’s parental rights law.