House Committee Chair Introduces Bill to Cut to Arts Funding by 42%

February 5, 2001

Rep. Phil Krinkie, chair of the State Government Finance Committee in the House, has introduced a bill which includes a 42% cut in the arts appropriation from approximately $13 million per year to approximately $7.6 million per year for the next two years. This represents a cut of 42% in arts funding.

Such a huge cut in the arts appropriation is uncalled for in this time of plenty. The state is experiencing yet another huge surplus. There is absolutely no justification for this proposal.

What can you do?

Call or write your legislators immediately asking them to oppose any cuts in arts funding. Arts Advocacy Day will be held on Wednesday, February 7, 2001. If you have signed up, make sure you join us at the Capitol! If you have not yet signed up, please give us a call and let us know if you are coming. Appointments with legislators are arranged ahead of time so we need to know who will be there.

Arts Advocacy DayÕs Schedule will be:

Minnesota History Center

7:45 a.m.: Registration Begins
8:00 a.m.: Seminar for First Time Advocates Begins
8:30 a.m.: Seminar for everyone begins & meet your team

9:30-10:00 a.m.: Teams move to the Capitol

State Capitol

10:00 a.m.: Great Hall in State Capitol becomes home base, appointments with legislators held
10:00 a.m. to noon: Hearing on Gov. VenturaÕs Tax Proposals, 200 State Office Building
1:00 p.m.: Most legislative appointments completed by this time
2:00-3:00 p.m.: Social Hour at OÕGaraÕs in St. Paul
4:00 p.m.: Arts Hearing, 107 State Capitol