LEGACY BILL HEADED FOR SPECIAL SESSION
The legislative session came to a messy close last night at midnight with several important bills undone, including the Legacy bill. Today the Governor vetoed the separate Education bill so a Special Session will be scheduled to pass it, and said he hopes that with more time the Legislature will also pass the Legacy bill and a few of the other bills that did not get done. The Governor said he considers “the Legacy and Bonding bills essential to pass.”
47% Dedication Is Included!
We are working on two pieces of the state budget for the arts:
- The Legacy bill distributes the receipts of the Legacy Amendment, passed in 2008, which represents about 2/3 of all state funding for the arts. The draft Legacy Bill that did not pass gave 47% of the receipts of the Arts and Culture Fund to the Minnesota State Arts Board and Regional Arts Councils for grants and administration, a total of $58 million over the next two years, as we had asked.If this bill doesn’t pass in Special Session, many grantees of the State Arts Board and Regional Arts Councils would not get arts grants in the upcoming year. (If there had not been a Special Session proposed, the earliest the legislature could pass this bill would be next March when the next legislative session begins).
- The good news is that the second source of funding for the arts, the State Government Finance bill, did pass. Assuming that the Governor does not veto this bill, $15 million is set go to the State Arts Board and Regional Arts Councils for grants and administration over the next two years.
Because of your advocacy, we got the 47% dedication of the Legacy Arts and Culture Fund into the Legacy Bill. But now we have one more step to go: passing the bill in a Special Session.
We’ll keep you posted on what’s happening at the Capital in our next correspondence!