Stop me if you’ve heard this one:
New England state, in deep, deep financial crisis, seeks to build its State Troopers a new training facility. Due to a number of suspicious factors, the old site will be utterly abandoned, and a brand-new, state of the art, massively overbuilt one is proposed instead.
New England state representatives- under oath at a public hearing- present gross underestimations of how much the facility will cost. Whatever number they pull, however, the fact remains, the state doesn’t have the cash for any of it.
Meanwhile, a National Guard base in-state, seeking to form community ties that will help prevent said base from closing when the next round of Base Reductions and Closings drops, says that the State Troopers can train on their site.
Administrative-types pooh-pooh the idea, citing the length of the rifle ranges as “its design does not meet our needs; because its lanes are short, it uses small targets to simulate shooting at a longer distance. A range that simulates distances does not meet the training needs of CSP”.
A little digging later, and guess what’s discovered? Of the 1100 State Troopers, you know how many of them are trained as snipers, thus needing the 300+ yard rifle range that the National Guard base doesn’t have?
Less than one dozen State Troopers require the arbitrary 300 yard rifle range, and yet the State is declaring all of the East Haven National Guard base as “not suitable”. For the requirements of less than ten Troopers, the State is pushing for a multi-million dollar, state-of-the-art, massively overbuilt facility that is controversial at best, ruinous at worst.
That’s a pretty funny punchline, isn’t it? Too bad we’re not joking.