The long-standing Mayor of Miami Francis Suarez has now announced plans to take a part of his 401(k) payout in Bitcoin just a month after he started receiving salary in the cryptocurrency. Soon after becoming the first United States lawmaker to accept a part of his salary in Bitcoin, Suarez wants to dedicate a part of his retirement savings to Bitcoin based on “a personal choice.”
“I just think it is a good asset to be invested in.”
In an interview with Real Vision, the Miami mayor said: “I just think it is a good asset to be invested in. I think it’s one that’s obviously going to appreciate over time, and it’s one that I believe in.” Suarez highlighted that Bitcoin’s success is tightly tied to the confidence in the system, which is inherently an “open-source, un-manipulatable system.” He further revealed that he has started receiving salary payments in Bitcoin through the help of a third-party payment processor Strike.
Thank you Governor DeSantis for following Miami’s lead and welcoming crypto innovation and companies into Florida!
— Mayor Francis Suarez (@FrancisSuarez) December 9, 2021
The Mayor also revealed that the city government accepts fee payment in Bitcoin from its residents.
The Mayor also shared that the city government accepts fee payment in Bitcoin from Miami residents. While the Mayor explores the various options for enabling the Bitcoin payments for retirement savings, Suarez is certain to establish a relevant system by 2022. In an effort to further drive Miami’s Bitcoin adoption drive, Mayor Suarez announced on Nov. 12 to give Bitcoin yield as a dividend directly to every eligible Miami resident. As reported earlier, the city of Miami will divide the BTC yields earned by staking its in-house cryptocurrency, MiamiCoin, which Citycoins initially launched to fund municipal projects by generating yield.