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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Krusty Konservative: Honey Creek or boondoggle bay

Excerpted from this post at Krusty Konservative

If you listen to some State House veterans, the State of Iowa doesn't have a spending problem, it has a revenue problem. We all know that Iowa's budget problems are self-afflicted and if you need proof one only needs to look at the DNR's $58 million resort on Lake Rathbun. Yesterday we learned that the Honey Creek Resort lost almost a MILLION dollars in the first ten months of operation. Why on earth the State of Iowa is in the resort business is beyond me, but this is a perfect example of government sticking its nose in an area it has no business or experience being in. Last fall, the DNR made a presentation about how well things are going at Honey Creek to the Legislature's Oversight Committee. One would think that the legislators were warned about the financial troubles of their new venture, but instead they were told about how many weddings were booked and how great things were at the resort. They were shown some nice photos and a few TV ads encouraging people to visit Honey Creek.

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