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Thursday, February 01, 2007

Round and round

I don't get this:
Lt. Gov. Brad Owen, a popular Democrat who has made economic development his central issue, says he will champion a $368 million NASCAR racetrack, probably on the Kitsap Peninsula west of Seattle.

The price tag has risen $23 million since last year, but the developers have also agreed to pick up a larger share of the total cost and to absorb any cost overruns.
At first blush, it's hard to imagine exactly what in the Sam Hill Owen is thinking. If you want to watch cars not going anywhere (not to mention political processes) there's plenty of that available already for free. As the article notes, the Legislature isn't exactly falling all over the place to do this.

And does anyone seriously believe all the claims about economic benefits?


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