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Call to Action - May Legislative Alert

Texas Commission on the Arts
Cultural District Funding
Cultural District funding has made a significant impact to Texas communities.  In the current budget, support for this program is cut drastically, along with additional cuts to the overall TCA budget.

We want to pass on this information from our colleagues at Texans for the Arts: Please reach out to your legislators and ask them to support full funding for the Texas Commission on the Arts and restoration of the $5 million for the Cultural and Fine Arts District Grant Program

Texas Historical Commission
Courthouse Program
The Senate version of the budget provides $5 million for the Texas Historic Courthouse Program, while the House version provides $19.2 million.  Please contact your legislators and ask them to support the House level funding for this key program of the Texas Historical Commission.  Courthouse restorations, renovations, and repairs have made incredible impacts on downtowns across the state.  Not only is a historic structure maintained, but economic development is supported through the growth of the adjacent area. 

Heritage Tourism
The Senate budget for the Texas Historical Commission includes $1.5 million for the Texas Heritage Trails Program, which support heritage tourism and travel across the state.  There is no funding for the program in the House version.  Evidence shows that investing in this program provides a return to the state in the form of sales tax, HOT funds, and more.  Please ask your legislator to support the Texas Heritage Trails Program by funding Heritage Tourism.  

Budget Conference Committee Members|
Senator Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound)
Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa (D-McAllen)
Senator Lois Kolkhorst (R-Brenham)
Senator Joan Huffman (R-Houston)
Senator Charles Schwertner (R-Georgetown)

Representative John Zerwas (R-Richmond)
Representative Oscar Longoria (D-Mission)
Representative Sarah Davis (R-Houston)
Representative Trent Ashby (R-Lufkin)
Representative Larry Gonzales (R-Round Rock)

Not sure who represents you?  Click here for district and office details.

If your Senator or Representative is not one of the ten Conferees, ask them to urge their colleagues on the Conference Committee to support funding for the items above.   

 

 

posted on 5/1/2017