Sunday, January 17, 2016

Whose Money IS It, Anyway?

January 17, 2016

Missouri is buying a park. That’s nice. I like parks.

But there’s a catch:

Over the years, lead mining companies in Missouri have been fined $49.3 million for environmental damage. The money was to be used for restoration projects in southeast and southern Missouri. Now the trustees of the money want to use almost $11 million of the money to buy a park, plus fund some native plant and stream restoration.

Some communities that were affected by the damage are upset that the trustees want to use that money to buy a park. They feel that the settlement money should actually be used to clean up the environment.

Who’d have thunk it?

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