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Sports Subsidies Could be Tied to the Playing of the Star Spangled Banner

January 18th, 2022 by Mike Vasilinda

Florida lawmakers open their annual session with the presentment of the colors and the signing of the national anthem. Now some want to guarantee that every sports team in the state that gets state or local money perform the Star Spangled banner before every game or face the loss of government funding. Sen. Joe Gruters believes the song is a symbol of freedom.

 

 

 

 

“It’s all about making sure that with everything thats happening in our country that people who enjoy and love freedom, Florida is the freest state in the world and our governor is leading the way. Its to make sure we have the love for America and the playing of our star spangled banner at all the professional events where taxpayers are footing the bill” Gruters told us after the bill passed.

The bill cleared its first committee seven to one. Since 1987, more than three hundred and seventy million in state sales taxes have gone to sports teams in the state. Under law, teams who qualify get two million a year for thirty years.

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