State Balks At Tax Incentives For Noah’s Ark Park
State officials said they would not allow public money to help finance operations of a full-sized replica of Noah’s Ark unless the group behind the project said in writing it would not base hiring on applicants’ religion.
Tourism, Arts and Heritage Secretary Bob Stewart said in a letter the state would not approve tax incentives for the Ark Encounter based on an online job posting that required applicants to provide a salvation testimony and a statement on marriage and sexuality.
Ark Encounter attorney James Parsons replied that the posting was for a job with the company that owned the park and said the Ark Encounter did not have hiring policies yet. He said the park would follow all state and federal laws.
A cabinet spokesman said the park’s application was pending.