Motion Used to Stop Arts Funding Restoration

May 4, 2001

We lose a battle, but the war’s not over yet

On Thursday, in the middle of the night, the Minnesota House failed to pass an amendment that would have restored the $5 million that had been cut from the arts by Rep. Phil Krinkie.

Thousands of calls, letters and e-mails have come into legislator’s offices since last week because of MCA alerts. As a result, some GOP members (Reps. Rhodes: R, St. Louis Park; Dempsey, R-Red Wing; and Ozment, R-Rosemount and others) asked their caucus in a closed-door meeting to restore the money. A group of MCA members and Arts Board staff waited outside the room. As the meeting broke, it was obvious by their faces that our friends had lost the argument. The caucus position was to be against restoring the arts funding and members voted accordingly.

On the House floor, Rep. Bill Hilty (D-Finlayson) moved to replace the arts cuts, but on a party line vote of 68-63, the motion was ruled out of order. This allowed them to avoid a recorded vote on restoring arts funding. Our friends voted against the motion but couldn’t stop it. Let’s be clear: a vote FOR this motion was a vote to avoid restoring the arts money.

To the many thousands of arts advocates who have contacted your legislators to ask them to support the arts, did they vote FOR or AGAINST this motion (see below)? If they voted AGAINST it, great: thank them. If they voted FOR it, call them up and complain that they didn’t vote to put the arts money back on the floor.

Session ends in just two weeks. There is no time to lose.

Abelar 49A (651) 296-1729 Y
Abrams 45A (651) 296-9934 Y
B. Anderson 19B (651) 296-5063 Y
I. Anderson 03A (651) 296-4936 N
Bakk 06A (651) 296-2190 N
Bernardy 48B (651) 296-5510 N
Biernat 59A (651) 296-4219 N
Bishop 30B (651) 296-0573 Y
Boudreau 25B (651) 296-8237 Y
Bradley 30A (651) 296-9249 Y
Buesgens 35B (651) 296-1072 Y
Carlson 46B (651) 296-4255 N
Cassell 10B (651) 296-4317 Y
Clark 23A (651) 296-9303 Y
Clark 61A (651) 296-0294 N
Daggett 11A (651) 296-4293 Y
Davids 31B (651) 296-9278 Y
Davnie 62A (651) 296-0173 N
Dawkins 65A (651) 296-5158 N
Dehler 14A (651) 296-7808 Y
Dempsey 29A (651) 296-8635 Y
Dibble 60B (651) 296-9281 N
Dorman 27A (651) 296-8216 Y
Dorn 24A (651) 296-3248 N
Eastlund 18A (651) 296-5364 Y
Entenza 64A (651) 296-8799 N
Erhardt 42A (651) 296-4363 Y
Erickson 17A (651) 296-6746 Y
Evans 52B (651) 296-0141 N
Finseth 01B (651) 296-9918 Y
Folliard 44A (651) 296-3964 Absent
Fuller 04A (651) 296-5516 Y
Gerlach 36A (651) 296-5506 Y
Gleason 63B (651) 296-5375 N
G oodno 09A (651) 296-5515 Y
Goodwin 52A (651) 296-4331 N
Gray 58B (651) 296-8659 N
Greiling 54B (651) 296-5387 N
Gunther 26A (651) 296-3240 Y
Haas 48A (651) 296-5513 Y
Hackbarth 50A (651) 296-2439 Y
Harder 22B (651) 296-5373 Y
Hausman 66B (651) 296-3824 N
Hilstrom 47B (651) 296-3709 N
Hilty 08B (651) 296-4308 N
Holberg 37B (651) 296-6926 Y
Holsten 56A (651) 296-3018 Y
Howes 04B (651) 296-2451 Y
Huntley 06B (651) 296-2228 N
Jacobson 53B (651) 296-3709 Y
Jaros 07B (651) 296-4246 N
Jennings 18B (651) 296-0518 N
J. Johnson 34B (651) 296-5511 Y
R. Johnson 24B (651) 296-7065 N
S. Johnson 67B (651) 296-4201 N
Juhnke 15A (651) 296-6206 N
Kahn 59B (651) 296-4257 N
Kalis 26B (651) 296-4240 N
Kelliher 60A (651) 296-0171 N
Kielkucki 20B (651) 296-1534 Y
Knoblach 16B (651) 296-6316 Y
Koskinen 49B (651) 296-4231 N
Krinkie 53A (651) 296-2907 Y
Kubly 15B (651) 296-4346 N
Kuisle 31A (651) 296-4378 Y
Larson 40A (651) 296-7158 N
Leighton, Jr. 27B (651) 296-4193 N
Lenczewski 40B (651) 296-4218 N
Leppik 45B (651) 296-7026 Y
Lieder 02A (651) 296-5091 N
Lindner 33A (651) 296-7806 Y
Lipman 56B (651) 296-4244 Y
Luther 47A (651) 296-3751 N
Mahoney 67A (651) 296-4277 N
Mares 55A (651) 296-5363 Y
Mariani 65B (651) 296-9714 N
Marko 57B (651) 296-3135 N
Marquart 09B (651) 296-3135 N
McElroy 36B (651) 296-4212 Y
McGuire 54A (651) 296-4342 N
Milbert 39B (651) 296-4192 N
Molnau 35A (651) 296-8872 Y
Mulder 21B (651) 296-4336 Y
Mullery 58A (651) 296-4262 N
Murphy 08A (651) 296-2676 N
Ness 20A (651) 296-4344 Y
Nornes 10A (651) 296-4946 Y
Olson 19A (651) 296-4237 Absent
Opatz 16A (651) 296-6612 N
Osskopp 29B (651) 296-9236 Y
Osthoff 66A (651) 296-4224 N
Otremba 11B (651) 296-3201 N
Ozment 37A (651) 296-4306 Y
Paulsen 42B (651) 296-7449 Y
Pawlenty 38B (651) 296-4128 Y
Paymar 64B (651) 296-4199 N
Pelowski 32A (651) 296-8637 N
Penas 01A (651) 296-9635 Y
Peterson 13B (651) 296-4228 N
Pugh 39A (651) 296-6828 N
Rhodes 44B (651) 296-9889 Y
Rifenberg 32B (651) 296-1069 Y
Rukavina 05A (651) 296-0170 N
Ruth 28A (651) 296-5368 Y
Schumacher 17B (651) 296-5377 N
Seagren 41A (651) 296-7803 Y
Seifert 21A (651) 296-5374 Y
Sertich 05B (651) 296-0172 N
Skoe 02B (651) 296-4265 N
Skoglund 62B (651) 296-4330 N
Slawik 57A (651) 296-7807 N
Smith 34A (651) 296-9188 Y
Solberg 03B (651) 296-2365 N
S tanek 33B (651) 296-5502 Y
Stang 14B (651) 296-4373 Y
Sviggum 28B (651) 296-2273 Y
Swapinski 07A (651) 296-4282 N
Swenson 23B (651) 296-8634 Y
Sykora 43B (651) 296-4315 Y
Thompson 46A (651) 296-4176 N
Tingelstad 50B (651) 296-5369 Y
Tuma 25A (651) 296-4229 Y
Vandeveer 51B (651) 296-4124 Y
Wagenius 63A (651) 296-4200 N
Walker 61B (651) 296-7152 Absent
Walz 12A (651) 296-4333 Y
Wasiluk 55B (651) 296-1188 N
Wenzel 12B (651) 296-4247 N
Westerberg 51A (651) 296-4226 Y
Westrom 13A (651) 296-4929 Y
Wilkin 38A (651) 296-3533 Y
Winter 22A (651) 296-5505 N
Wolf 41B (651) 296-5185 Y
Workman 43A (651) 296-5066 Y