Colorado taxpayers will house beer makers as subsidized artists, or something

Colorado taxpayers will house beer makers as subsidized artists, or something

[Ed. – Maybe Poland’s enterprising badger will decide to immigrate.]

The statewide Colorado project Hickenlooper announced will be a public-private partnership with an “uncertain price tag” for taxpayers, according to AP reporting. Super. The housing projects, scattered across the state, will cost about $5 million each, require residents make no more than 60 percent of the median area income, and have no real definition of artist. Hence, the craft brewers and liquor distillers’ inclusion. What about artisan marijuana cultivators?

The housing, if it looks anything like the proposals for Loveland, will be modern and hip, and we will be incentivizing a bunch of people to keep their incomes low to live in it.

Hickenlooper calls this taxpayer funded project “putting energy” into rural areas.

“The more you can get creative energy into a community, that energy helps the entire business climate.”

Energy is an interesting euphemism for it. The fact is, you’re putting something very concrete in— the people of Colorado’s money— and what you’ll get out of it is not at all clear.

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