“Giving Tax Breaks for NASCAR, But Not Disney” – Fans Slam Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ Desperate Daytona 500 Plea

Published 05/07/2022, 11:34 AM EDT
Feb 20, 2022; Daytona Beach, Florida, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson (5) and NASCAR Cup Series driver Alex Bowman (48) lead the field on the green flag the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports

In a sensational move, the Governor of Florida Ron DeSantis decided to make the NASCAR Daytona 500 race next year a tax-free event. However, one shouldn’t confuse it with the entire event. The governor opted to slash the customary sales tax on tickets.

The Florida state will not collect the 6% sales tax on the tickets to be sold for the Daytona 500 and the other three races to be held in Florida next year. It is believed that the resulted impact will be $6 million. Governor Ron signed a $1.2 billion tax relief package at an event on Friday.

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Talking about this, DeSantis conveyed, “In Florida, we are going to support our residents and help them afford the goods that they need. Florida has been fiscally responsible, so we are in a good position to provide meaningful relief for families, right now.” DeSantis also conveyed that the following action was against the inflationary policies imposed by the Joe Biden administration.

House Speaker Chris Sprowls further stated, “This bill supports growing families, Floridians looking to prepare their homes for severe weather and the blue-collar working men and women of our state who are trying their best to get by amid record-high gas prices and inflation that many of us have not seen in our lifetime.” Apart from this, the speaker asserted that this was the largest middle-class tax relief package in the history of Florida.

NASCAR fans slam the decision

The Florida governor has recently been criticized for his move against Disney. After Ron has decided to end Disney’s special status in the state, criticisms poured in.
Following the NASCAR move, many believe that the tax relief is a publicity stunt to attract voters. A fan wrote on the post on Facebook, “So giving tax breaks for NASCAR but not Disney, got it.” Whereas another fan wrote, “This is how you buy elections.”

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Appreciating the move, another fan put down, “Now that’s what I’m talking about. Desantis for President!!!!!!!!!!” Meanwhile, another enthusiast questioned back, “How about a gas tax break….just sayin”

Last but not least, one more NASCAR fan wrote, “All those empty seats starting to bug you? This isn’t going to help much.”

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All in all, there are mixed feelings among the fans regarding the decision put up by the government of Florida. As the 2022 season is still going on, the 2023 Daytona 500 event is still to be announced. It’ll be interesting to see how the entire thing sums up once the race resumes in 2023.

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Sabyasachi Biswas

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Sabyasachi Biswas is an F1 writer at EssentiallySports. He has completed his Master's in Mass Communication and Journalism from Jadavpur University, Kolkata. Sabyasachi is an ardent Red Bull and Max Verstappen fan and has been following the sport for over a decade now.

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