Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) vetoed $3.1 billion in spending on Thursday as he signed a $109.9 billion budget Thursday, taking taxpayer funding from the sports complex thought to be a possible spring training facility for the Tampa Bay Rays.
The Republicans cited the need to protect the state “against what very well may be a Biden-induced recession” at the signing ceremony in Pasco County, Florida that would have cost about $35 million, according to The Washington Examiner.
The Rays recently called for an end to gun violence following the Texas and New York Shootings, and a report from OutKick indicated that the decision was in response to the team’s call for gun restriction and “politicizing” the massacres.
“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.”
— Josh Hammer (@josh_hammer) June 2, 2022
In addition to donating $50,000 to a far-left gun violence prevention organization, they announced their partnership with the group to keep Americans thinking about the issue of gun violence.
DeSantis also vetoed $20 million earmarked for a pair of state-owned jets and another $75 million for an environmental and oceanographic research and training facility at the University of South Florida’s St. Petersburg campus.