Pawlenty Budget Proposal Threatens to Decimate the Arts in Minnesota

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Wayzata Lakes Realty: Eric Kodner Sells Twin Cities Homes

Govenor Tim Pawlenty's latest budget-balancing idea is sure to appeal to folks who are bad at math.

The Governor has proposed phasing out funding of the Minnesota State Arts Board by 2011 to zero.  The ten million reduction under his proposal won't do a thing to balance Minnesota's five billion dollar deficit, but the Governor wants to dismantle the State Arts Board anyway, turning it into a "privatized" nonprofit organization.

Not only artists suffer from the plan (yes, artists pay income taxes too).  Here's a partial list of who gets hurt by Governor Pawlenty's not-too-bright idea:

The State and Orpheum theaters, the Guthrie Theatre, the Minneapolis Children's Theater, Minnesota Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Opera, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis Institute of Arts (plus over a hundred other for profit and nonprofit arts organizations).

Downtown Minneapolis & Saint Paul restaurants, parking ramp and lot owners, operators and employees, waitstaff, cooks, buspeople, ticket office staffers, ushers, hospitality industry personnel and arts audiences get shafted as well.

Municipalities lose significant revenue from ticket tax, not to mention tax on monies earned by restaurants, bars, parking facilities, transportation providers, the Metropolitan Transit Commission, limo drivers and restaurateurs.

Taxpayers get the short end of the stick if this proposal becomes law.

Crippling the Arts in Minnesota won't help balance the State budget.

The Arts accounted for over $1 Billion in economic activity in Minnesota alone last year.   

In Minnesota, every dollar government invests in the arts returns $11.

Take away the performing arts, museums, art galleries, dance companies, theater and concerts, and you'll turn the Twin Cities area into Omaha with pro sports.




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Jeff Dowler CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad

That's pretty sad, Eric. We are seeing programs like this get cut all over the country, and I suspect we will see even more as the recession continues and more jobs are lost. A number of states are in tough shape financially, inclulding CA. It's a little hard to follow the logic here.


Feb 08, 2009 12:15 AM #1
Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

Eric:  It figures.  Pawlenty and all of his ilk are so quick to diminish the value of just about anything artistic.  If it doesn't bring in wheelbarrows full of money to his campaign coffers... or his cronies... what good is it ?  Or so this weasel thinks.  

Just between you and me... would you please do something to get the election finalized so we can get another Democrat into the Senate.  Pawlenty doesn't need any more help from Coleman, or anyone else.  I hope those in your wonderful state rise up to stop him.  He does enough damage on his own.  Take care... hope you are well... :)

Feb 08, 2009 12:45 AM #2
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Realty ONE Group - Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale

Eric - Very interesting blog and I am glad to see your posting again!

Feb 08, 2009 12:57 AM #3
Eric Kodner
Wayzata Lakes Realty: Eric Kodner Sells Twin Cities Homes - Minnetonka, MN
Wayzata Lakes Realty: Twin Cities, Madeline Island

Jeff, I understand budget cuts.  What I don't understand is cuts that will actually cost taxpayers MORE than if the programs remained in place. 

Feb 08, 2009 05:09 PM #4
Eric Kodner
Wayzata Lakes Realty: Eric Kodner Sells Twin Cities Homes - Minnetonka, MN
Wayzata Lakes Realty: Twin Cities, Madeline Island

Karen Anne -- Pawlenty's fans have a chronic phobia of (and distaste for) the National Endowment for the Arts, public radio and television and much of the higher education community.

Pawlenty set a dubious record in Minnesota during 2008 for vetoing more bills in one legislative session than any governor in the State's history.  He's a carbon copy of the Bush-Rove "no compromise" profile.

Under Pawlenty, Minnesota's tax burden has been shifted to middle-income families.  Property taxes have soared under his tenure.

Unfortunately, Minnesotans have to suffer through two more years of the governor's posturing.  But Pawlenty will be lonely soon.  It seems unlikely that Norm Coleman will return to the Senate.

In the meantime, I like to remind folks what former Minnesota Republican Senator David Durenburger said about Pawlenty.  When asked about Pawlenty's legacy as he nears the completion of his term, Durenburger replied that Pawlenty will be remembered only "for holding the office". 

Feb 08, 2009 08:03 PM #5
Eric Kodner
Wayzata Lakes Realty: Eric Kodner Sells Twin Cities Homes - Minnetonka, MN
Wayzata Lakes Realty: Twin Cities, Madeline Island

Robert, it's good to see you again!

Feb 08, 2009 08:06 PM #6
Karen Kruschka
RE/MAX Executives - Woodbridge, VA
- "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS"

Eric  Minnesota isn't alone - not only are the politicos of any stripe cutting out arts, they are going after schools as well,  Karen

Apr 14, 2009 09:38 AM #7
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