Governor Vetoes Arts Projects: Arts Community Asks Legislature to Override

May 16, 2000

After a long and turbulent session, two arts projects passed both the House and Senate as part of the state’s bonding bill Ð the Lanesboro Center for the Arts, and the Guthrie.

On Monday, May 15, the Governor vetoed funding for these two projects, writing that “local or private funds were more appropriate financing source” and that “additional policy discussions should take place before establishing a commitment by the state to funding arts capital requests.”

The legislature will meet on Wednesday for one day only to discuss and possibly override the Governor’s vetoes.

The fate of these proposals are important for all future arts capital projects, so we are urging all arts advocates to call their legislators to urge an override of these vetoes TODAY, Tuesday, May 16, preferably before 5:00 p.m.

We have just twenty-four hours to ask legislators to override the arts vetoes.

Need to know your legislator’s phone number? Call us and we’ll look it up for you.

Here’s our message to legislators: “I’m calling to thank you for your support of the Lanesboro Center for the Arts and the Guthrie Theater in the bonding bill. Please vote Wednesday to override the Governor’s vetoes of these worthy projects.” Call NOW!