Kentucky Has Money for Honking Big Ark But Not Schools, Seniors, Libraries or Police

Abby Zimet

Residents of Kentucky will be ready for the flood but maybe not the future with a proposed cut-to-the-bone budget from Gov. Steve Beshear that he readily admits is "inadequate for the needs of the state's people." His budget cuts 8.4% from an already-trimmed higher education system, with other cuts to basic services like state police, juvenile justice, seniors and libraries. But it  leaves in place a controversial $43 million tax break to an 800-acre creationist theme park, complete with massive replica of Noah's Ark and new $11 million highway interchange, that supporters hope will "teach the world about God’s Word and the message of salvation!" If people in Kentucky still know how to read.

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