Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has spoken out against the idea of a central bank digital currency (CBDC) and vowed to ban the federal government’s technology in his jurisdiction.
JUST IN: DeSantis vows to outlaw CBDC, resist federal government if unilaterally authorized by Federal Reserve or Treasury
“They want to get rid of crypto […] In Florida, we’ll have a prohibition against [CBDC to make sure] we don’t have a financial surveillance state.” pic.twitter.com/Z8aLF6GR9S
— Florida’s Voice (@FLVoiceNews) May 2, 2023
“They want to get rid of cryptocurrencies. […] Florida to ban [на CBDC, чтобы убедиться] in the absence of state financial oversight,” the politician said.
According to the governor, the US authorities “don’t like digital assets because they can’t control them.”
He also signed the bill, aimed at combating the government’s environmental governance (ESG) standards. The document prohibits the use of Florida funds for investment in this area.
The politician clarified that he intends to do his best to fight ESG and CBDC in his state for the sake of “financial independence”.
DeSantis is known for his commitment to cryptocurrencies. In March, he approved legislation to introduce financial literacy programs in schools, including digital assets.
In April, Robert Francis Kennedy Jr., nephew of the 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy, criticized the CBDC, calling the tool “the ultimate mechanism for social monitoring and control.” The governor of Florida joined in, saying that issuing institutions would misuse the technology.
Recall that in May, Kennedy Jr. criticized the SEC and FDIC for the “war on cryptocurrencies,” which, in his opinion, led to a banking crisis in the United States.
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