Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis touts his state’s business-friendly nature in response to news that a billionaire hedge fund manager is fleeing crime-ridden Chicago and moving his company to Florida.
“Under Governor DeSantis’ leadership, Florida is thriving because it’s a free state,” DeSantis’ publicist Christina Pushaw told Fox News Digital shortly after the arrival was announced. of billionaire Ken Griffin. move your business, Citadel Securities, Chicago to Miami. “Workers and business owners don’t have to worry about lockdowns, restrictions or mandates. Taxes are low, while infrastructure continues to improve.”
“Furthermore, Florida is a state of law and order,” Pushaw continued. “Violent crime has skyrocketed in cities like Chicago due to pro-crime left-wing ideology. We don’t condone this in Florida. Due to our safe and business-friendly environment, businesses across the country are relocating here, creating jobs and income. We welcome Citadel Miami as the latest addition!”
In a memo to employees earlier this week, Griffin called Miami a city of “diversity” and suggested its “energy” would provide a better environment. While he didn’t directly cite Chicago’s infamous rising crime statistics in the memo, Griffin has previously expressed frustration with crime in the Windy City.
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“If people aren’t safe here, they won’t live here,” Griffin told the Wall Street Journal in April. “I’ve had several co-workers assaulted at gunpoint. I’ve had a co-worker stabbed on the way to work. Countless burglary issues. I mean, it’s a really tough environment to attract talent in your city.”
2021 was Chicago’s Deadliest Year in a quarter of a century with 797 homicides, the most since 1996 and 25 more than in 2020.
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Additionally, there were 3,561 shootings in 2021, just over 300 more than in 2020 and 1,415 more shootings than in 2019.
In May, there were 17,597 reports of violent crime in chicago year-to-date, a 35% increase from last year’s 13,026 violent crimes during the same period.
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Griffin, believed to be worth nearly $30 billion, has been politically active in Chicago and paid nearly $50 million of his personal fortune in Aurora, Illinois Mayor Richard Irvin’s “tough on crime” gubernatorial challenge to Democratic Illinois Governor JB Pritzker.
Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, closings, high taxes and rising crime have caused many individuals and businesses to relocate to the Sunshine State.
Both Sarasota and Tampa ranked in the top five metropolitan areas where people moved in 2021, according to a report by online real estate market Zillow. The main metropolitan areas from which people moved to Sarasota and Tampa were Chicago and New York. Miami was also the top designation for people moving from New York, Zillow found.
“Our plan was to re-evaluate in the summer of 2022 where we wanted to go,” said former Chicago resident Lauren Callahan. told Fox News Digital in December. “But with COVID and city life in general…we decided to come to Florida in November.”
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The main driving forces behind Callahan’s move were Chicago’s COVID-19 protocols, which kept her and her fiancé in a “tiny one-bedroom apartment” for an extended period as businesses and restaurants in the city were closing, as well as “out of control” crime.
“He was sneaking into the North Side, where we lived. … You know, it’s a city, so everywhere has its problems, but it’s generally one of the safest areas. Carjackings, robberies – just to the point where I didn’t feel safe alone outside if it was dark,” she said. “It’s just not a good way to live.”
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