John Oliver Explains Why Florida Restricting Self-Governing Access From Walt Disney World Could Be A $1 Billion Mistake

Feather last week with tonight John Oliver The hosts explain why restricting Disney World’s self-governing capabilities would hurt the state of Florida in the long run.

Last week, Florida’s state Senate approved The. voted to remove Walt Disney Company, of a 55-year-old special district, which has allowed Walt Disney World to largely self-govern its theme park assets. The Reedy Creek Improvement District allows this self-government because they provide fire and EMS services to the property. Although Oliver mentions that there is one thing they are missing.

“Disney provides essential services except for a morgue. Why? Because nobody has ever died at Disney, and no Disney will ever die,” he said.

state governor, Ron DeSantis, asked lawmakers to take the step after Disney announced its opposition to the state’s recently passed parental rights bill, which opponents have dubbed “don’t say gay.” Republicans in the House are also expected to approve the move. It will be effective from June 1, 2023.

DeSantis didn’t think so, according to Oliver, that liquidating Disney might be against Florida state law—which requires that the county assume a district’s debt upon dissolution. Orange and Ossola Counties, where Disney is located, will inherit more than $1 billion dollars in debt.

In response, the governor tells citizens ‘don’t worry’ but it is certainly a cause for concern. There’s nothing more putting in place than a person starting a sentence with “don’t worry.” He [DeSantis] Sounds like a frat boy trying to reason with the police after a noise complaint. ,

There is a lot of talk about this, but the Orlando Sentinel spoke to the representative in the governor’s office, who told the press, “There is no written plan in the governor’s office on how to disband [of Disney] will proceed.”

“Of course it isn’t,” said Oliver. He continues, “Do I think Disney pays more taxes then it’s bad? No, I don’t—that would be a good thing. I don’t like that it can’t get through meaningful tax reform.” But because of a right-wing dipsh*t who is afraid of gay people and doesn’t understand the First Amendment.”