“Ron DeSantis has abandoned the state of Florida to fly on private jets and speak to dwindling crowds.
Here’s what you need to know about DeSantis’ economic record:
- Florida is facing a home insurance crisis. Property “insurance rates in Florida could increase by at least 40% in 2023,” Insider reported. Newsweek found that “Florida insurance premiums have soared 206% since DeSantis became governor.”
- Rep. Greg Steube (R-FL) criticized DeSantis’ lack of leadership on this problem in a recent tweet. “The result of the state’s top elected official failing to focus on (and be present in) Florida. This is a major crisis for Floridians.”
- Florida is “now the most expensive state to live in,” according to one insurance expert.
- DeSantis has proposed and followed through on massive spending increases.
- Florida Taxwatch found that “Florida’s state budget has grown by 28.6 percent” in the last three years.
- DeSantis supports a national sales tax.
- A national sales tax would hurt middle-class Americans, according to an analysis. DeSantis’ national sales tax would raise taxes on 90 percent of Americans.
- The Florida Swamp: DeSantis has a lengthy record of doing favors for favored lobbyists and political contributors.
- A report revealed how Ron DeSantis helped “Florida Power & Light raise electricity rates by $5 billion” after receiving millions in support from FPL and FPL-affiliated groups.
- The Washington Post found that “the administration of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) steered $92 million last year in leftover federal coronavirus stimulus money to a controversial highway interchange project that directly benefits a top political donor.” The donor, an ultra rich developer, ”loaned” a golf simulator that cost at least $27,500 to the Governor’s mansion for the governor’s use. This arrangement was called “unusual” and “ripe for scrutiny,” by an ethics expert.
- DeSantis’ globalist trade record
- In a June 2018 Fox Business interview, DeSantis said, “I’m not somebody that advocates tariffs. I want to have lower barriers and I want to have free trade.”
- A month later in another Fox Business interview, DeSantis claimed, “I’ve typically not been somebody that advocates tariffs and don’t think that’s the end state that you want.”
- President Trump, by contrast, imposed tariffs on more than $300 billion worth of Chinese imports. These tariffs worked and shrank America’s trade deficit with China.
- Ron DeSantis knows President Trump was strong on China. “I just have confidence in President Trump. If there’s ever been one political figure, certainly a president, who has been tough on China, not just since he’s been a candidate and president, but for years and years — it’s him,” DeSantis said in a Fox Business interview.”