Legislature Closing in on a Deal

5/16/03

1. LEGISLATURE CLOSING IN ON A DEAL
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1. LEGISLATURE CLOSING IN ON A DEAL

Governor Pawlenty proposed a 40% cut to the arts in Minnesota. The House Committee, chaired by Rep. Bob Gunther, proposed reducing the cut to 32%. The Senate Committee, chaired by Sen. Dallas Sams, proposed reducing the Governor’s cut to the arts to 16%.

A conference committee made up of a handful of Senators and Representatives began meeting this week to hammer out the differences between the House and Senate bills. They have been unable to take action because their leadership had not yet come to agreement on larger issues like taxes. The constitution requires the legislative session to end on Monday. Yesterday and today, however, there have been strong signs that a “global” agreement is nearly done. This means that session could come to a conclusion next week, with only a couple of extra “special session” days. This also means that cuts to the arts appropriation will be decided soon, maybe even as soon as this weekend.

MCA is in touch with the leadership of both the House and the Senate daily, as well as the Governor’s office, regarding the outcome for the arts. In addition, we have been communicating daily with the conferees on this committee, both in person and through contacts from concerned members of the arts community.

As soon as there is word, we will let you know the outcome for the arts.

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