Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Controversial Noah's Ark Theme Park Gets Kentucky Tax Incentives

According to the Louisville Courier-Journal, on Monday Kentucky's Tourism Development Finance Authority approved by a 7-0 vote the controversial sales tax rebate incentives for Ark Encounter, the Noah's Ark theme park being constructed by Answers In Genesis. While the project had received preliminary approval for tax incentives in 2014, former Governor Steve Beshear’s Tourism Arts and Heritage Cabinet rejected the application after it appeared that the theme park intended to discriminate in hiring on the basis of religion and the project became one to promote a literal reading of the Biblical book of Genesis. (See prior posting.) At that point, Ark Encounter sued and won in federal district court. (See prior posting.) Gov. Matt Bevin, elected last November expressed approval of tax incentives, and cleared the way for final action by last week replacing four members of the Finance Authority.