Thursday, October 14, 2010

4Culture, too, now has Dow Constantine helping us in Olympia

This is very good news, though not surprising, as he has chosen to be publicly committed to this effort.
I'll repeat their post here:
We have Dow - now on to Olympia!
We received word this week from our friends at 4Culture that they had met with King County Executive, Dow Constantine and that he has committed to support 4Culture’s efforts in Olympia in 2011! If you see Dow, thank him for his continued support of arts and heritage in our region. Advocates, we must now turn our attention to the Washington State Legislature. Here are two things you can do to help:

1. KNOW who is running for office in your area. Create your personalized voters guide to educate yourself on the candidates and issues. If you’d like to learn more about candidates stand on the arts, check out this candidate survey from the Washington State Arts Alliance.

2. VOTE by November 2, 2010. Learn how here.

The outcome of this election will have a HUGE impact on the make up of the state legislature this year. YOUR VOTE can make a difference to arts and heritage funding in King County for many years to come. No joke!
No joke is right!
If you are a voter in King County how you vote, if you vote, will mean a lot for 4Culture, for sports fans, for heritage programs, for a lot of things the state, county, and city of Seattle can not afford to fund, but absolutely depend on.

What I hope to help avoid, in some little way, is to get interested parties to work together, pull together, and get this done for King County.


Peter said...

In order to vote for the right candidates, how can we find out who supports giving the county the tourism taxes? Would we need to actually have legislators champion an arena with specific language supporting an arena or could the language be more vague? I know you said "regional centers" but is it possible that we could get an arena going with more vague language like "regional centers" or "sports facilities" rather than naming the word arena by name?

Mr Baker said...

There is a Washington State Arts Alliance candidate survey.
Resposes are by district, not all candidates answered the survey.

I think we will end up with another bill similar to HB 2912.

Peter said...

Didnt HB 2912 not include an arena? Didnt it start out with the arena/safeco language in it just to have it stripped later?

Peter said...

If there wasn`t enough support in the house finance committee last year for an arena/safeco, what could change that would change that? If the legislature is gonna say all we can do with the bill is fund the arts, i dont want any bill. If we get the right to build an arena and nobody on the private side steps up, than thats different. That`s ok.If somebody steps up 5 years from now we still probably would get an arena.