Ken Ham Doing What Obama Has Not Been Able To
Posted 26 January 2016 - 11:22 AM
"Ken Ham Doing What Obama Has Not Been Able To"
But it's strictly not the job of POTUS to do so. People have been able to look after themselves without Presidents or Politicians for Millenia.
I think it are probably even out. Think about all the Christians that have subsidized the teaching of the religion of evolution in our classrooms.
... The odd thing is that this is justified with the "Separation of Church and State", while the same argument is used against something suspected of being based on some Christian philosophy. Of course they won't tell you that modern science is actually a derivative of (medieval) Christian Philosophy.
Let's be for real. You really wouldn't expect a Jewish organization to hire members of the KKK now would you?
Generally not, but sometimes they do:
For some strange reason almost exclusively organizations of (mostly) heterosexual, Christian, White, Males are expected to have to hire anybody and are shun, when they don't hire someone to different from themselves. Apparently the argument is that they have some "unfair" advantage in the societies they've created and still maintain.
Anyway, I guess to expect some optimum performance, contractors also got to have some heart in the whole thing. Except for the commodities of course, which will come from some corporation dealing in them.
Posted 27 January 2016 - 11:16 AM
A federal judge ruled Monday that Kentucky officials violated the ark builders' First Amendment protections by blocking it from the sales tax tourism incentive that could have been worth up to $18 million.
U.S. District Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove ruled the state's Tourism Cabinet cannot exclude the ark attraction from the incentive based on its "religious purpose and message."
We'll see if Kentucky officials appeal it. Probably not since, according to the article, the current governor Matt Bevin supports the tax incentives for the project.
I am surprised that the judge ruled for profit business is allowed to discriminate on the basis of religious beliefs.
You are probably right that Kentucky will not appeal the decision. It is possible that once the park opens, a private citizen will initiate an appeal. (I don't think they would have legal standing before the park opens.)
Posted 31 January 2016 - 11:37 PM
There is some new information on the tax rebates for Ark Encounter that I don't think any of us were aware of:
According to Newsweek:
"In order to incentivize building there, Williamstown declared the ark site and the surrounding 1.25 miles a tax increment financing (TIF) district, which is a fancy way of saying that over the next 30 years, 75 percent of sales and real estate taxes generated within the area will go back to fund Ark Encounter. There’s also an employment tax for workers in the district, .... as part of the TIF agreement, employees working within the TIF district will be subject to a 2 percent employment tax on gross wages for the next 30 years. In other words, $2 out of every $100 earned by people working at or around the park will go directly to paying off the attraction."
So employees of non-AE businesses will be taxed to help pay for the park.
Posted 23 July 2017 - 03:40 PM
As I'm sure we all know, the Ark Encounter opened last July and just celebrated its first anniversary in operation.
There has been some recent news....
While attendance numbers have not been released, it has been sufficient to stress the resources of local government. The population of Williamsburg Ky is just over 5,000. Such small towns don't have a lot of resources to spare. In order to offset the impact of the Ark Encounter on local emergency services, Williamsburg enacted a $0.50 per ticket "safety tax."
According to Cincinnati.com, Ken Ham " transferred the property June 28 to a nonprofit entity, Crosswater Canyon, for $10. Crosswater Canyon is a nonprofit subsidiary of Answers in Genesis."
In other words, he sold it to himself and changed it from a "for profit" to a "non-profit." The article goes on to point out this could also exempt Ark Encounter from property and other taxes as well.
The state of Kentucky has responded by revoking the sales tax rebate that Ham expected to net him $18 million. This is based on the agreement having been made with the for profit Ark Encounter, not the non-profit Crosswater Canyon.
Are we looking to another round in court?
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