by Jon Sanders
Director of the Center for Food, Power, and Life, Research Editor, John Locke Foundation
Our governor made an announcement yesterday about the Dorothea Dix land. Here is the opening (emphasis added):
Gov. Bev Perdue announced today that an appraisal has been received for the Dorothea Dix campus, which has a current estimated value of $60 million and an estimated market value of $86 million.
At $86 million, this land, if sold, could:
This would be, I’m sure you’d agree, a very responsible move for any governor — especially during a prolonged recession.
So what’s the governor up to? Oh … this … (emphasis sadly added):
This is an integral step toward ultimately converting the Dix campus into a public park.
Oh goodie, we’re going to forgo all those benefits listed above and turn it into a yet another perpetual money sink. Good call.