Minnesota Citizens for the Arts
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Arts Action Center
November 1, 2011
** Governor to Unveil His Stadium Proposal on November 7, 2011**
Ask Governor Dayton and Legislators to Oppose Diversion of Arts Legacy to Vikings Stadium
Over 5000 letters have been delivered to legislators and the governor in opposition to a legislative proposal to divert the Arts Legacy Fund to pay for a Vikings stadium! This proposal would harm arts funding in every corner of the state.
It has been announced that the Governor will be unveiling his stadium proposal on Nov. 7. The Governor, when asked by the press if he will include Legacy funding, has not ruled it out.
So, if you have written to your legislators and not the Govenor, please GO HERE to write to Gov. Dayton too, and if you haven’t written to your legislators yet, you can also do it HERE:
Take action now, time is running out!
MCA Executive Director
On October 21, Rep Kurt Daudt proposed in an MPR interview using Arts Legacy funds to pay for a new Vikings stadium, as legislators were having a hard time coming up with a way to pay for the stadium. Several important legislative leaders were also quoted over the next several days as saying this was a great idea.
Governor Dayton has been a lifelong friend of the arts community in Minnesota. However, although given the opportunity several times by the press to rule it out, he has not done so.
It’s important to know that during the Governor’s campaign, he sat down with us for an interview about arts issues. Here’s what he said last year about the Arts & Culture Legacy Fund:
“This was a constitutional amendment passed by the people of Minnesota. The people of Minnesota voted to raise their own sales tax in order to support these programs and with all due respect to the legislature, this is not the legislature’s money, this is the people’s money. I believe that that dedicated funding should be there. The State Arts Board as well as the Regional Arts Councils are crucial to assuring that the money does go all over the state. That’s the infrastructure that has been established to assure that arts reach every community in Minnesota, it’s done a remarkable job over the last few decades. It should be supported and continued and
frankly, the legislature should keep its hands off of the people’s money.”
We know he’s a friend of the arts. We need to make sure both he and all of the legislators know the damage this proposal would do to the arts across the state.
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