Earlier this week, a Texas judge wrote a letter to the chairman and CEO of Walt Disney recommending that the corporation relocate their parks from Florida to Texas amid the ongoing feud between GOP Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Disney.
Recently, DeSantis revoked Disney’s ability to operate as its own independent city.
“While you, your company, employees, and diverse fans face authoritarian, anti-business, and culture war attacks from extremists in Florida, we in Fort Bend are more ready to welcome the Disney family with thousands of good-paying jobs and billions of dollars of investments,” wrote Fort Bend County Judge KP George.
DeSantis signed a law that will eliminate Reedy Creek Improvement District, which is a private government that Disney is able to control. Many believe the law is nothing more than a political move out of retaliation for Disney’s public criticism of Florida legislation that critics call the “Don’t Say Gay” bill.
The Texas judge also tweeted directly at DeSantis, describing him as a “political extremist” and emphasizing Fort Bend County’s diversity. He later followed up with a series of Disney-directed posts.
“In fact, major employers like @Amazon, Texas instruments, @comcast, @GalleryFurniture, and others have recently made massive investments in our community including thousands of good paying jobs with many more major employers on the way,” he continued.
“I invite you to visit Fort Bend County and see for yourself why our community is the best place for a new Walt Disney World Resort,” George added.
Despite George’s open invite to Disney, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announced his desire to create a version of the “Don’t Say Gay” bill for the state that seeks to give parents more rights and say when it comes to what their children learn in state schools. Patrick added that this bill would be a priority in the upcoming 2023 session.
ARTICLE: ELIZABETH HERTZBERG
MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
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