Leaders look at more state aid for Minnesota Orchestra

  • Article by: Kristin Tillotson , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 21, 2013 - 10:17 AM

There’s a push on to have the Legislature help cover the Minnesota Orchestra’s deficit.

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ishikawaOct. 20, 13 9:36 PM

The legislature needs stay out of this matter. It is NOT a state issue. It is a Union issue and the Union has their lobbyists at the capital and at the Red Star. If the market doesn't support then resize it to fit the market. No more govt money! Get real!

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ishikawaOct. 20, 13 9:36 PM

The legislature needs to stay out of this matter. It is NOT a state issue. It is a Union issue and the Union has their lobbyists at the capital and at the Red Star. If the market doesn't support then resize it to fit the market. No more govt money! Get real!

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infoninjaOct. 20, 13 9:39 PM

You fools wrecked what you had. Don't come begging the state for a bail out.

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andersj9Oct. 20, 13 9:46 PM

No taxpayer money to "bridge the gap." Dayton & friends have already removed all the coins, the fleece, and the lint from my pockets.

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yawneroo56Oct. 20, 13 9:48 PM

The union dug itself into this mess and they can dig themselves out. Besides, we are already paying a sales tax for the arts, clean water an whatever else they can give away.

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lawyerguyOct. 20, 13 9:54 PM

If the legislature gives $6 million to the orchestra to close its revenue gap that amounts to something like $60,000 or more per musician. I'm a small business with two employees. I will gladly accept $120,000 in state revenue to assure that any possible deficit I incur this year is resolved. If giving me money to assure my employees remain employed is a stupid idea then this idea is equally foolhardy.

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sw6906Oct. 20, 13 9:56 PM

Maybe we could get Ted Mondale to hammer out the deal. He did such a good job negotiating the Vikings stadium deal!

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climategateOct. 20, 1310:00 PM

Those who want to hear them, can pay what it costs to support their salaries and expenses. An alternative is to hire less expensive musicians. Done. Next hand-wringing, heart tugging, teary eyed issue?

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dkallenOct. 20, 1310:01 PM

I believe we should keep the state out of this and let management and employees resolve it themselves. Bailing them out merely conceals what is broken and burdens taxpayers with their inability to find a sustainable balance.

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rampalincOct. 20, 1310:06 PM

If the numbers above are accurate and the orchestra brings 305,000 members downtown annually, then to cover the $6M just raise the ticket price by $20. Just a short while ago we did not have enough money and needed to add another tax tier to cover costs. Now we have enough to subsidize this. I think the "is it a revenue or a spending problem" question has been answered.

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