arts alert: There is a Deal

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July 14, 2011

There is a Deal
The Governor and GOP Legislative leadership have agreed to a deal that will end Minnesota’s state government shutdown, which has been the longest in our nation’s history.  It remains to be seen if the legislature will approve the deal over the next few days, although the GOP leadership in both the House and Senate are stating that they have the votes in their caucuses to get it done.
The details of the deal are being widely reported, you can catch up on them here: http://www.startribune.com/

As this wraps up, we need to keep an eye on our two bills:
LEGACY
Word has come that the problems with the Legacy bill that kept it from passing at the end of the regular legislative session have been resolved, and we expect that the bill will be one of those that is reintroduced and passed in the special session. (None of the problems that kept the bill from passage had anything to do with the arts). This bill contains about $2M in additional arts funding via the Minnesota State Arts Board and Regional Arts Councils.
GENERAL FUND
You may recall that we were successful in reducing the General Fund arts cut in the State Government Finance bill from 20% to 15% during the regular session. We will be working to preserve this position over the next week, and we will keep you appraised if there are further developments that affect the arts appropriation.
We are very pleased that the deal may soon bring an end to the staff layoffs at the Minnesota State Arts Board.

 

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