Several national liberal websites have picked up on Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear (D) backing tax incentives for a biblical theme park.
The Kentucky Tourism Development Finance Authority gave final approval on Thursday to plans by Ark Encounter, LCC for a theme park in Grant County with an investment of $172.5 million. The maximum incentive available would be $43.125 million over 10 years. The incentives come from the sales tax generated by the project.
Among others, the website alternet.org posted a scathing piece on Friday:
While Cutting Social Services, Kentucky Gives $43 Million Tax Break to Bible-Themed Amusement Park
Beyond constitutional issues, the tax breaks for an amusement park come at a time when state leaders are asking residents to sacrifice as they cut important social programs. “The state has gone through eight rounds of budget cuts over the past three years,” including cuts to “education at all levels” and a pay freeze for all teachers and state workers. Meanwhile, the state cut funding for Medicaid by shifting enrollees to managed care plans, which often make it more difficult for enrollees to access care while increasing administrative costs by up to 20 percent by adding a new “layer of bureaucracy between the Medicaid Department and providers.”
The Daily Kos Toking Points Memo picks up the criticism:
The Head Moran here is A DEMOCRAT!
A DEMOCRAT - clearly has to be a Blue Dog given the backwardsness of the subject matter - is supporting, aiding, and abetting this cockamamie project!
Democrats have to be the party of education, science, and reality and any time spent at all talking about creationism is time wasted. Democrats cannot be sucking up to this ftothy margin of unhinged, poorly-educated delusional material.