Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) has just vetoed from his state’s budget $35 million in spending that would have gone to the Tampa Bay Rays for spring training, the Washington Examiner reports.
Reports indicate that DeSantis made the decision in response to Ray’s recent anti-gun push.
“If nothing changes, nothing changes”
The Tampa Bay Ray’s made their anti-gun push following the recent mass shootings that took place in New York and Texas.
As part of this push, the team, on May 26, released a statement that read:
We all deserve to be safe — in schools, grocery stores, places of worship, our neighborhoods, houses and America. The most recent mass shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde have shaken us to the 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 Rays, in the statement, also revealed that they “made a $50,000 commitment to Everytown for Gun Safety’s Support Fund,” which, according to the Washington Examiner, is a “far-left gun violence prevention organization.”
On top of giving this organization $50,000, the Rays, in conjunction with this far-left group, replaced their game coverage, for one night, with “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,” the Rays said.
Reports indicate that DeSantis’s veto of the $35 million for the Rays’ spring training was in direct response to the team’s anti-gun push.
Outkick reports, “DeSantis’s decision is in response to the Rays politicizing recent shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde ahead of a matchup with the Yankees in May.”
DeSantis has yet to release a statement on the matter. But, if Outkick’s reporting is correct, then he certainly will.
This is not the first decision like this that we have seen from DeSantis. Not too long ago, he signed a law that ended Disney’s ability to essentially govern itself after Disney went on the attack against his Parental Rights in Education Act.
DeSantis is getting the job done in Florida.