Ark Encounter -- a project of the Christian ministry Answers is Genesis -- is slated to open in the spring of 2014, and the project has already been approved for $43 million in tax incentives.
Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear (D) endorses the project, and according to a release announcing the plans, the project is expected to create 900 jobs and attract 1.6 million tourists in its first year. Interestingly, those numbers were based on a feasibility study, commissioned by Ark Encounters LLC, that state officials reportedly never actually saw.
Some critics of the project have raised concerns over the separation of church and state in the approval of tax incentives for the project. But as Gil Lawson, of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, told TPM on multiple occasions, the law establishing tax incentives is neutral.
"We cannot discriminate against this project based on any religious criteria," he said back in May.
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