Government polices cost FL businesses money

http://archive.today/2023.06.08-024534/https://www.orlandosentinel.com/2023/06/07/2-groups-cancel-orlando-conventions-as-worries-over-political-climate-grow/

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Better link (at least for me):

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AnitaB.org’s annual Grace Hopper Celebration draws about 16,000 visitors…Another group…draws about 7,000 nurses and exhibitors…More than 74 million visitors came to the Orlando area in 2022…”

(16+7)/74000 = 0.03%

DB2

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Yep, just a drop in the bucket. Or maybe a tip? As in tip of the iceberg…

Pete

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Maybe, although (IIRC) the tip of an iceberg is 10%. We’ll know after another 300 cancellations.

DB2
Who has fond memories of an AORN conference many years ago…

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Give it time.

What won’t show up in cancellations will be events never booked. Of course, those won’t happen overnight or show up in the news.

I am reminded of a similar issue with my home state:

Gen Con brought in 50,000 visitors last year and pumped more than 50 Million dollars into the local economy.

To the benefit of both the state and the conventions, these reconsiderations were announce PRIOR to the passage of RFRA - resulting in RFRA getting watered down before final passage.

State legislature changes language in response to nationwide backlash, and says RFRA bill ‘cannot be used to discriminate against anyone’


Man, that was sooo 2015. Seems like a century ago.

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Of course, the Gov considers it a victory that people of a certain sort are moving to the state. What the state loses in “woke” business, it might make up in Christian fundy whack, and white supremacist rallies.

Steve

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Yeah sure African Americans have sued K^^ clan leaders for millions only to get a rusted out pickup truck.

We are not talking people who can make a living. That is why they become white supremacists.

If it is a significant number then it will show up in the visitor stats.

DB2

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In reply to myself on the RFRA tangent:

This was in today’s news:

Snip:

Last week, a superior court judge granted class action status to a suit seeking to strike down the state’s near-total ban on abortion on the grounds that it violates Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), which then-Governor Pence signed into law in 2015.

The complaint, filed on behalf of five unnamed plaintiffs — three Jews, one Muslim, and one whose belief system is described as “universal consciousness” — as well as the organization Hoosier Jews for Choice, asserts that Indiana’s near-total abortion ban violates their sincere religious beliefs. In seeking class action status, lawyers for the plaintiffs argued that the law infringes on the beliefs of countless additional Hoosiers, including practitioners of Unitarian Universalism, Episcopalianism, and paganism.


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Prophetically funny

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Of course, in Shiny-land, “religious freedom” means Christian fundy whacks have the “freeedom” to impose their “values” on everyone else.

Related: report at the 16 minute mark, of last night’s NBC “news” about eased child labor laws in Iowa. Excuses given for the relaxed laws were: “the laws were old”, “teaches responsibility”, “teaches the value of money”. The piece does offer the concern that being able to work longer hours, make more money, will make dropping out of school more appealing.

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Two more for ya:

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Give florida back to the gators.

Quicker to feed the gators Death Santa. Win-win.

More convention cancellations:

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On the updated list now includes the National Sales Network Conference, whose founder and CEO emailed the county Monday: “Moving forward, we will not consider conducting any future conferences in the state of Florida given the Governor’s statement that slavery was good for Black people.”

Ritter’s agency is trying to offset the damage with advertising efforts to show Florida, at least the southern end, is welcoming. On Tuesday, they successfully appealed to the Broward County commission to spend nearly $800,000 — money raised from a tourism hotel tax — to participate in the January 2024 Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif.

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Goobers have show a willingness, several times, to cut their own throat, for ideological purity. As a candidate for POTUS, several cycles ago, observed “why do people keep voting against their own best interests?” The people they elect openly say they will allow their pensions to be taken away, their retiree health care to be taken away, their schools defunded, infrastructure maintenance defunded, and, ultimately, their Social Security and Medicare, taken away, to pay for tax cuts for the “JCs”.

Steve

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And then they want WELFARE !!!

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The goobers are usually the ones baying for welfare and Medicaid to be cut off. They are apparently unaware that most welfare/Medicaid recipients work, and most are white, But they are convinced that more recipients are like the “young buck on food stamps” that one prominent pol used, among other dog whistles, to attract the goobers to his banner.

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