Which do you think benefits the state more? A sound higher education system or a religious theme park?
When Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear (D) proposed his 2012-2013 budget this week, he admitted that it was “inadequate for the needs” of the state’s people. “We should be making substantial investments in our physical and intellectual infrastructure to bring transformational change to our state,” Beshear said. “This budget does not allow us to do enough of that.”
The budget makes $286 million in cuts, including a 6.4 percent cut to a higher education system that has been plagued by funding cuts and rising tuition for years. And though it attempts to preserve K-12 education funding, it will result in less spending on Kentucky’s students and schools.
At the same time, the $43 million tax break Kentucky approved for a Bible-themed amusement park — which will include a 500-foot by 75-foot reproduction of Noah’s Ark — could go into effect for the first time under Beshear’s budget. In addition, the budget includes $11 million to improve a highway interchange near the park. Proponents of the park, Beshear included, have claimed it will boost tourism and create jobs, but those assumptions are based on a report done by the park’s developers.
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Ironic, eh? Cut education funding but fund a part that promotes religion instead of education? I’m not at all surprised. Social conservatives don’t seem to think about the ramifications and hypocrisy. I suppose, no matter WHICH side you support, you ought to questions whether such an investment will bring the promised benefits. Just because you might want to go to a Bible park doesn’t mean the rest of the world will pay money to do so. You could be left with a hefty price tag and a big budget deficit.