DeSantis Twitter shot reinforces sad reality – Florida is no longer a destination for tech companies

Governor DeSantis centralized statist approach to governing and regulating business is right out of the playbook of Joseph Stalin.

DeSantis said this on Tuesday:
“We’re gonna be looking at ways the state of Florida potentially can be holding these Twitter board of directors accountable for breaching their fiduciary duty.”

Problem is for DeSantis, Twitter is based in California, and Florida has generally struck out during his tenure in attracting the sort of high-end tech jobs that Twitter provides. Florida has failed time and again in trying to attract high-end professional jobs.

The sort of cultural environment and political interference in higher education that DeSantis’ Florida has become known for is the greatest deterrent to attracting high-end tech businesses.

Once upon a time, Florida was a high tech hub thanks to Governors Askew and Graham. Heck, the PC was actually invented in Florida by a Jacksonville native, who was a UF grad working in Boca Raton.

But these days, Florida casts an envious and vengeful eye toward California and other locales as an official policy thanks to DeSantis performative demagoguery.

Tuesday April 19, 2022 will be long-remembered as a day when Governor DeSantis demagoguery, fear-mongering and authoritarian overreach hit new levels. But it was also a day that reminded me of several things related to Disney and technology in this state given DeSantis desire to drive away as much of what made Florida such an enlightened and special place as possible.

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