WILSON: Rep. Moak’s bill would fund $1.5 million bond issue for 66 mile tourist rail line.

BY: Steve Wilson | Watchdog.org

It sounds like a movie advertisement straight from the Legislature, a surefire blockbuster guaranteed to waste tax dollars.

State Rep. Bobby Moak, D-Bogue Chitto, wants state taxpayers to fund a $1.5 million bond issue to start a tourist rail line from Natchez to Brookhaven, using existing tracks.

This is, of course, the same Legislature that brought you $155 million in sales tax incentives for “cultural retail” attractions, that gave several million dollars to a museum to honor legendary country singer Tammy Wynette.

It’s the same group that brought you the Grammy Museum Mississippi — along with federal money.

Moak’s bill, House Bill 50, was submitted on the first day of the session and would fund the purchase of passenger rail cars to carry tourists 66 miles through Adams, Franklin and Lincoln counties. Moak’s district is in the eastern terminus, in Lincoln County.

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