House panel OKs change in distribution of legacy cashby Tim Pugmire, Minnesota Public Radio
St. Paul, Minn. — A Minnesota House panel has approved a significant change in the way about $100 million in state legacy funds would be distributed to several arts and cultural organizations.
The House environment committee approved the amendment Wednesday during a broader discussion of the bill that allocates dedicated sales tax money to water, parks, trails and arts projects.
Under the changes, organizations that were expecting specific allocations, including Minnesota Public Radio, will instead have to compete for state grants. Rep. Dean Urdahl, R-Grove City, explained the change to committee members.
"After the bill passed, I had some second thoughts. And after a discussion with some leadership folks, and also with other members, [I] decided that this maybe was a better approach," he said.
Urdahl's deletion of the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund eliminates a long list of specific allocations covering arts education, county fairs, museums, public broadcasting and zoos.