Gov. vetoes funds for Planetarium and Lefleur’s Bluff Golf Course

Gov. Tate Reeves has vetoed millions of dollars allocated by state Legislators for the Jackson Planetarium and LeFleur’s Bluff Golf Course.The master plan for LeFleur’s Bluff was released on April 5. The project would have cost the state $ 13.2 million. “What the government should not be in the business of right now, or at any other time, is spending tax payer dollars to build more golf courses and upgrade private pools when there are far more appropriate ways to use this money, “Reeves said.The plan included an Adventure trail and a bridge to connect four Museums in Jackson.Construction has already begun on the outdoor Pavilion and the Otter Creek Golf Park – with influenced design by world-renowned golf architect Robert Trent Jones II. “The LeFleur’s Bluff Complex is a transformational project for our state and we will continue working with leaders to fulfill the Masterplan and create a top-tier recreational experience for our community, “Susan Garrard, President / CEO of Mississippi Child ren’s Museum, said in a statement. “LBC’s leadership has already raised nearly $ 10 million for the overall Masterplan and will continue to work tirelessly to secure funds to see this project come to fruition. We are grateful for the support and vision of private donors, federal and other funding that has been dedicated We have welcomed over 60,000 visitors to the new LeFleur’s Bluff Playground since opening in December, which proves the need and interest our community has for quality outdoor attractions. “Reeves said he believes the golf course is just not a good investment when we have so many other critical needs. Legislators also set aside $ 2 million for the Jackson Planetarium to help offset the $ 16 million renovations that are underway. “Jackson needs investment in safety. We need more police, not the Planetarium spending that has already proven to be wasteful. When we get that fully funded, we can consider luxury items,” David Lewis, Deputy Director for the Jackson Department of Human and Cultural Services, released a statement Thursday morning. “We are shocked and discouraged by the news about the Governor’s vetoing the $ 2 million funding for the Planetarium. The Planetarium project is one that takes a beloved facility and brings it back to life for Mississippians to visit, be inspired by and learn from STEM. national visitors, and strengthen the redeveloping downtown fabric in the Capital City, “Lewis said. “This project is led and directed by young people, like myself, who work day in and day out to create spaces that will advance our state, give back to our community and attract others to see what great things we have in our great state. We hope to come alongside the Governor’s Office to help them see that vision so that we can move forward together and re-establish the funding we’ve requested. “Reeves did not veto funds for the Fondren parking garage or Thalia Mara Hall.

Gov. Tate Reeves has vetoed millions of dollars allocated by state Legislators for the Jackson Planetarium and LeFleur’s Bluff Golf Course.

The master plan for LeFleur’s Bluff was released on April 5. The project would have cost the state $ 13.2 million.

“What the government should not be in the business of right now, or at any other time, is spending tax payer dollars to build more golf courses and upgrade private pools when there are far more appropriate ways to use this money,” Reeves said.

The plan included an Adventure trail and a bridge to connect four Museums in Jackson.

Construction has already begun on the outdoor Pavilion and the Otter Creek Golf Park – with influenced design by world-renowned golf architect Robert Trent Jones II.

“The LeFleur’s Bluff Complex is a transformational project for our state and we will continue working with leaders to fulfill the master plan and create a top-tier recreational experience for our community,” Susan Garrard, president / CEO of the Mississippi Children’s Museum, said in a statement. “LBC’s leadership has already raised nearly $ 10 million for the overall Masterplan and will continue to work tirelessly to secure funds to see this project come to fruition. We are grateful for the support and vision of private donors, federal and other funding that has been dedicated to this project. We have welcomed over 60,000 visitors to the new LeFleur’s Bluff Playground since opening in December, which proves the need and interest of our community has for quality outdoor attractions. “

Reeves said he believes the golf course is just not a good investment when we have so many other critical needs.

Legislators also set aside $ 2 million for the Jackson Planetarium to help offset the $ 16 million renovations that are underway.

“Jackson needs investment in safety. We need more police, not Planetarium spending that has already proven to be wasteful. When we get that fully funded, we can consider luxury items,” Reeves said.

David Lewis, Deputy Director for the Jackson Department of Human and Cultural Services, released a statement Thursday morning.

“We are shocked and discouraged by the news about the Governor vetoing the $ 2 million funding for the Planetarium. We are hoping to open a line of communication with the Governor’s Office to review our options. The Planetarium project is one that takes a beloved facility and brings it back to life for Mississippians to visit, be inspired by and to learn from. We know that our project will infuse STEM learning principles into our exhibits, Capital City, “Lewis said. “This project is led and directed by young people, like myself, who work day in and day out to create spaces that will advance our state, give back to our community and attract others to see what great things we have in our great state. We hope to come alongside the Governor’s Office to help them see that vision so that we can move forward together and re-establish the funding we’ve requested. “

Reeves did not veto funds for the Fondren parking garage or Thalia Mara Hall.

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