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Call to Action - April Legislative Alert

Today we were disappointed to hear about a number of amendments that would adversely affect both the Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) and the Texas Historical Commission (THC).

Please review the proposed amendments below and call your legislators TODAY.  Ask them to oppose these amendments and tell them why the arts and preservation are important to your community and downtown.

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Amendments proposed for the TCA budget

Representative Tony Tinderholt (R-Arlington, District 94) has proposed Amendment #851342 which would eliminate ALL funding for the Texas Commission on the Arts.
 
Representative Pat Fallon (R-Frisco, District 106) has proposed Amendment #851210 which would reduce the biennial appropriation by an additional $5,000,000 making a 43% reduction in the Texas Commission on the Art's biennial budget for 2018-2019. 

Amendments proposed for the THC budget

Representative Abel Herrero (District 34) has proposed an amendment that would decrease operating funding for the THC's Main Street, Heritage Tourism, and Certified Local Government (CLG) programs by $700,000.  Instead the funding would go towards the restoration of the Ritz Theatre in Corpus Christi.  

An amendment from Representative Cecil Bell (District 3) would decrease funding for the THC courthouse grant program and historic sites, and another by Representative Pat Fallon (District 106) would move $10 million from the THC historic sites operating budget and reallocate to criminal justice.

The amendments will be discussed tomorrow - Thursday, April 6 - in the Texas House so immediate action is needed.

Please contact your Texas representative TODAY.

The 2017 TDA Legislative Agenda supports continued full funding for both TCA and THC.  We strongly believe that the arts and preservation are vital components of successful downtowns and have seen firsthand how downtowns have been impacted by a healthy arts community and quality preservation projects.

 

 

posted on 4/5/2017