JD Tuccille has a roundup on the state boondoggle that won't die, the proposed 3/4 of a Billion dollar state subsidy for an amusement park.
Now, this seems like an awful lot for an amusement park, particularly considering that the Arizona desert has been the death of many theme parks. The reason is that no one wants to be outside for extended periods of time in June-Sept in the Phoenix or Tucson areas. Because it is freaking hot. The average daily forecasts is generally for 108-112F for these summer months. But theme parks live and die in the summer, when kids are out of school. Even though they have milder weather and a large population base at Magic Mountain in LA, they still only open for weekends and holidays during the non-summer months. My guess, from running a similar seasonal business, Magic Mountain loses money most of the year and make 100%+ of their profit in the summer.
So spending $750 million of taxpayer money on a theme park in the Arizona heat would be a bad idea if located in Phoenix. But what happens when we put it in Eloy, Arizona? Eloy is just as hot, but is in the middle of nowhere, as shown below at the point of the "A" balloon.
People will come here, from where? Tucson folks in the summer will want to go someplace even hotter than Tucson? Phoenix folks will want to drive 2 hours to spend their time in the hot sun, when the same distance north puts them in the cool mountains? And here is beautiful downtown Eloy, brimming with wealth enough to repay over a billion dollars of principal and interest.
This project is absolutely guanteed to fail, leaving the bill with taxpayers. I mean, seriously. Never have I seen such a lock. I wish there was a way to short this.
This is only the most eggregious of a laundry list of proposed government pork being pushed under the banner of "job creation" at a time when the state budget is over a billion dollars in deficit.