Florida AG Ashley Moody says Americans are moving to Florida because it’s a law and order state.
“People are watching and understand that leadership is important,” Moody said.
americans have grouped to the Sunshine State in large part due to its relatively affordable housing.
Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody says Americans from blue states are moving to Florida because it’s a law and order state.
“So what’s the secret in Florida? Why do all the New Yorkers and Californians come to your great state? asked host Sean Duffy on Fox’s Sunday morning futures.
“It’s not an exact science. People are watching and understand that leadership is important,” Moody said.
Former judge and federal prosecutor singled out Gov. Ron DeSantis initiative to recruit police officers by providing $5,000 signing bonuses as well as introducing legislation to attack organized retail theft, which she says has “made it easier to prosecute” offenders. In Florida, under Senate Bill 1534, any person who steals 20 or more items, through five or more separate thefts within a set period of time, can be charged with a second degree felony.
americans have grouped to the Sunshine State in large part due to its low taxes and business-friendly policies, according to to the state’s chief financial officer, Jimmy Patronis. Florida Bureau of Economic and Demographic Research anticipates that by April 2027, the state’s population will average 294,756 net new residents per year.
Using data from the 2018 FBI Uniform Crime Reporting ProgramUSA Today classified states from lowest to highest violent crime rate. Florida ranked 21st with a violent crime rate of 384.9 per 100,000 residents, while California, the most populous state, ranked 14th with a violent crime rate of 447.4 per 100,000 residents, according to the media. New York was ranked 25th on the list with a violent crime rate of 350.5 per 100,000 residents.
Moody told Duffy that in Florida “we respect our police officers and give them the tools they need.”
“Be careful,” he added. “If you move here, Florida is a law and order state, so if you are a felon and you reside in Florida, you should get out and other states should do the same.”
The state’s heavy-handed policy against crime has attracted criticism of organizations like The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida who believes the funds would be better spent on poverty, drug addiction and mental health.
Representatives for the Florida Attorney General’s Office did not respond to Insider’s request for comment.
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