Arts Alert: Amendment to Divert $30M of Arts Legacy Defeated!

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April 5, 2012

It’s all good news today:
1. Floor Amendment to Divert $30M from Arts Legacy Defeated!

2. Bill to Delete Percent for Art Program Also Defeated

3. Bill to Limit “Clawbacks” From Nonprofits Passed

4. U.S. Senator Al Franken Joins Cultural Caucus, Launches Poetry Contest

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1. Floor Amendment to Divert $30M from Arts Legacy Defeated!
Yesterday, an amendment to divert $30M from Arts Legacy to state capitol renovations was defeated on a decisive vote of 77 to 52. Legislators recognized that the proper place to fund capitol renovations is in the state’s bonding bill, and not from Legacy. 

This is a DIRECT RESULT of all of the grassroots contacts you have been making for the past several months asking legislators to preserve the intent of the Legacy Amendment, which is to fund arts and history activities across the state. So, thank you to all of you! The legislative session is moving fast and the fight is not yet over, so we need
to remain vigilent until session ends, which may be as soon as April 30.


Rep. Buesgens introduced this amendment, and Reps. Buesgens, Downey and Sondra Erickson spoke in favor of it. Our heroes, speaking against the amendment, were Rep. Howes, Urdahl, Loeffler, Kahn and Winkler.

How did your House member vote?

Those voting “No” (a good vote):                                                Those voting “Yes” (bad vote):

Abeler
Allen
Anderson, P.
Anzelc
Banaian
Barrett
Benson, J.
Brynaert
Carlson
Champion
Cornish
Davids
Davnie
Dean
Dill
Eken
Falk
Fritz
Gauthier
Greene
Hansen
Hausman
Hilstrom
Hilty
Hortman
 

 

Hosch
Howes
Huntley
Johnson
Kahn
Kath
Kiel
Knuth
Koenen
Kriesel
Laine
Lanning
Lenczewski
Lesch
Liebling
Lillie
Loeffler
Mahoney
Mariani
Marquart
McElfatrick
McFarlane
McNamara
Melin
Moran
Morrow 


MulleryMurphy, E.
Murphy,
M.
Myhra
Nelson
Nornes
Norton
Paymar
Pelowski
Persell
Poppe
Rukavina
Scalze
Schomacker
Simon
Slawik
Slocum
Smith
Thissen
Tillberry
Torkelson
Urdahl
Wagenius
Ward
Winkler
Spk. Zellers

Anderson, B.
Anderson, D.
Anderson, S.
Beard
Benson, M.
Bills
Buesgens
Crawford
Daudt
Dettmer
Dittrich
Doepke
Downey
Drazkowski
Erickson
Fabian
Franson
Garofalo
Gottwalt
Gruenhagen
Gunther
Hackbarth
Hamilton
Hancock
Holberg
Hoppe

Kelly
Kieffer
Kiffmeyer
Leidiger
LeMieur
Lohmer
Loon
Mack
Mazorol
McDonald
Murdock
Murray
O’Driscoll
Petersen, B.
Peterson, S.
Quam
Runbeck
Sanders
Scott
Shimanski
Stensrud
Swedzinski
Vogel
Wardlow
Westrom
Woodard

Please say “Thank you!” to your legislator if they voted with us, and let your legislator know you are disappointed in their vote if they did not. House member emails can be found here: http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/members/hmem.asp

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2. Bill to Delete Percent for Art Program Also Defeated

A bill that would have gotten rid of the Percent for Art Program administered by the Minnesota State Arts Board was heard and past by a House committee.  The bill was sponsored by Rep. Mary Franson. MCA identified so many legislators opposed to the idea that the bill was removed from the agenda of the subsequent committee due to lack of interest, and the bill has not reappeared.

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3. Bill to Limit “Clawbacks” From Nonprofits Passed

Our partner organization the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits passed a bill that was signed by the Governor this week to limit “clawbacks” from nonprofits.  Fraud clawbacks occur when there is an attempt to retrieve, or “clawback” money that was attained through fraud. The intent of the clawback is to provide financial relief to victims of the fraud. In the case of nonprofit organizations, money that was donated to an organization can be “clawed back” if the donor is found to have raised the money fraudulently. In this case the nonprofit organization has accepted a donation in good faith, without knowledge
that the money was raised through fraud, and they may be asked to give the money back for up to six years from the time of the gift. Currently
Minnesota nonprofits facing this situation are those that accepted donations from Tom Petters, Inc., which was later found to be a Ponzi scheme that defrauded many investors. The organizations accepting these donations had no knowledge, and no way of determining, that Petters was engaged in fraudulent activity. The bill reduced the period that donations to nonprofits are subject to clawback to two years.


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4. U.S. Senator Al Franken Joins Cultural Caucus, Launches Poetry Contest

Senator Al Franken has joined the Senate’s Cultural Caucus, a group of lawmakers who work together to support the arts in America. One of his first actions was to sign on to a “Dear Colleague” letter to Senate Appropriations Committee leaders to support level funding for the NEA. The letter supports an FY2013 funding level equal to the President’s request of $154 million, which is the same as the amount provided by the Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittee in the FY12 committee bill.

Senator Franken has also recently announced, in recognition of the Month of the Military Child and National Poetry Month in April, that he is hosting a poetry contest for children of military families in Minnesota. He would be greatly appreciative if you would help spread the word.

“Being part of a military family isn’t easy,”  said Sen. Franken. “With this poetry contest, I hope to not only recognize the extraordinary work of men and women serving across the world, but also their children, who sacrifice so much when a parent is called away.” 

The contest is open to all school-age children of military families in Minnesota.  The three age categories are 1) Kindergarten to sixth grade;  2) Seventh to ninth grades; and 3) 10th to 12th grades. Winners from each category will receive an invitation to attend a reception at Sen. Franken’s St. Paul office to meet the
senator and his wife, Franni.  Top winning poems in each category will be framed and displayed in Sen. Franken’s offices in St. Paul and Washington, D.C. The overall winner will receive
an autographed book by famed Minnesota author Garrison Keillor.

For entrance in Sen. Franken’s poetry contest, please submit a poem by April 16, 2012 to poetry@franken.senate.gov or by mail to:

Office of Sen. Al Franken, c/o ‘Poetry Contest’, 60 Plato Boulevard East, Suite 220, St. Paul, MN 55107

Participants may only submit one entry, no longer than 300 words. Each entry must include the child’s name, the parent/guardian’s name, a phone number and home address, and the name of the child’s school. Please clearly indicate participant’s age category.


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