Monday, April 23, 2007

The rainforest strikes again

The Des Moines Register reports on some more troublesome developments towards Iowa's new rainforest. Apparently, the developers are trying to sneak in a bill to get about $70 million more from the state's coffers, in addition to the $50 million already promised by the federal government. They claim that the revenue and employment generated by the Iowa rainforest will do more than compensate for the investment. If so, why haven't they gotten more private donors, and why are they being so sneaky about getting their millions from the state?

Don't get me wrong - I'm all for developments that create jobs and revenue. However, I'm not sure that the state should get involved with a potential disaster of a tourist trap that, for one, is based on something as completely absurd as an Iowan rainforest.

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