The Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette has this story on how the City of Champaign has agreed to build a new road to connect up a to-be-built Wal-Mart Supercenter with the rest of the big box retail sprawl around the interstate.
The cost? Oh, $2.2 million.
The cost of a nice elementary school. Or 22 well-paid police officers.
Wal-Mart will kick in half a million (so nice of them), leaving the City of Champaign and the County of Champaign expected to pick up about 800 grand each.
Just so Wal-Mart can build another store to suck up more local money and send it to Arkansas.
That smells like bad public policy to me.