State Fair move would cost $190 million | Arkansas Blog

Thursday, March 17, 2011

State Fair move would cost $190 million

Posted By on Thu, Mar 17, 2011 at 11:59 AM

I just don't get it. The State Fair and Livestock Commission keeps studying and talking about moving the state fairgrounds from Little Rock, generally somewhere along I-40 and I-440 between North Little Rock and Jacksonville.

But why? Again today the commission was told it would be crazy expensive to move there — maybe $190 million — but produce a relative pittance in new revenue, $1 million or so.

There was once some thought that federal money — perhaps buried in the pork-laden Agriculture Department — could be dug up to finance such a move. In the era of the Tea Party, it seems hard to fathom. Beware: Discussion today included the dreaded "public-private partnership" option. This is where the public is asked to swallow a tax increase to pay for a new facility, such as at Verizon Arena, and private interests benefit from its skyboxes or as an advertising opportunity. The dreaded "economic development" card was also played. Holy though these words usually are, what development there is in moving a fair from one location in the county to another would have to be marginal in nature.

Tags: ,


Sign up for the Daily Update email
Favorite

Comments (11)

Showing 1-11 of 11

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-11 of 11

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • TGIF and the news roundup

    Here's your open line, plus the headline/comment roundup.
    • Jul 20, 2018
  • Judge refuses to lift hold on state anti-abortion law

    Federal Judge Kristine Baker today denied the state's attempt to lift her preliminary order stopping enforcement of a state law aimed at putting medicine abortion providers out of business.
    • Jul 20, 2018
  • Study: Democrats less inclined to cheat on spouses

    The Guardian reports on social science research using hacked data from the Ashley Madison adultery website and voter data from five states that concludes Democrats are less inclined to cheat on their spouses than Republicans. Josh Duggar anyone?
    • Jul 20, 2018
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Campus gun bill clears committee

    The so-called compromise amendment that will allow anyone 25 or older with a training certificate carry a concealed weapon on public college campuses was approved in a Senate committee this afternoon.
    • Feb 21, 2017
  • Payday lenders on the march at legislature

    Payday lenders are working hard to get legislative cover for the reintroduction of their usurious loan business to Arkansas. Some are fighting back.
    • Mar 10, 2017
  • Among the last words from Kenneth Williams: 'Finger Lickin' Good Fried Chicken'

    What's purported to be a final-words essay from condemned prisoner Kenneth Williams was distributed today by Deborah Robinson, a freelance journalist in Arkansas.  He reflects on his execution, his victims, reactions of inmates and big servings of fried chicken, which he says are given to all inmates on execution days.
    • Apr 27, 2017

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

Slideshows

 

© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation