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We heard last week that the Al J. Schneider Company has stepped up to guarantee 23 million dollars in loans to Kentucky Kingdom to help it open next spring. That's a big step toward that goal, but there are many more things that must happen before the park comes alive again.
What's keeping this project from moving to completion seems to be a lack of political will on the part of our local and state leaders. Governor Beshear has kept his distance and this has not been a priority for Mayor Greg Fischer, even though the park would employ a thousand young people and provide 60 full time jobs paying about $50,000 each per year. If either one of them wanted this thing done it would get done.
Those in local and state government are treating Kentucky Kingdom as though it is a private venture, but the state owns the land, the state owns the rides, and the state is ultimately responsible for either opening it up again and generating millions of tax dollars or paying millions to bulldoze it into the ground.
This is not the time for timid politicians. We need a courageous leader. Someone who will step up and lead this project until the gates open next summer, just like we elected them to do.
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