An earful from realty icon on Legacy arts funding

  • Article by: Jill Burcum
  • Updated: January 18, 2010 - 1:58 PM
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ranger1873Jan. 18, 10 2:27 PM

...it's time for me to 'absolutely fume' at Ralph Burnet. This wasteful amendment was an example of how people can subvert the public policy process to suit their own ends. You didn't see arts people at the forefront of this campaign -- you saw outdoorsmen and women, while the arts patrons hid. They knew full well that Minnesotans would never go for their half of the ballot measure so they let the outdoor sports groups carry their freight. Mr. Burnet, the arts can and should support themselves. End of story.

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garagewineJan. 18, 10 2:42 PM

If I remember correctly, the voting margin was 56/44, not exactly "overwhelming" and not a margin that would pass a supermajority requirement. And this was among people who actually voted. As for Mr. Burnet's comments, I have little sympathy for him. When he and his ilk decided to lie down with the outdoors/natural resources crowd and various other interest groups, they did so in order to cobble together a winning coalition that could get the amendment passed. That his group traded influence over how the money was spent for votes is a natural outcome of the process. When you lie down with the dogs, expect to wake up with fleas.

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joeeeeeeJan. 18, 10 3:17 PM

is completely fricking stupid. I guess that is why you get stupid results when special interest groups try to do it. The hunters thought they could tear off money for themselves and got the conservatives to push it-for years. They thought and still do that this was "their money". The arts organizations, which represent many more people than the hunters could ever dream of, liked the idea of money for themselves also. Some big toads hate Bill Kling for some reason, so they try to pee on Minnesota Public Radio, which does invaluable work for all Minnesotans. Makes sense doesn't it? You hate Bill Kling so take it out on Minnesotans. So the people passed the ammendment; the hunters still want All of the money and some fatcats hate Bill Kling so they are going to try and buy a way to take money from Minnesota Public Radio. Yeah.

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wallywJan. 18, 10 3:22 PM

Just more tax dollars being fought over and soon to be diverted and diverted and diverted. This will pad more backsides by the time the dollars actually go to anything useful. The "arts" folks were so low profile while trying to get the amendment passed they were subterrian now they'll fight like wild dogs for the money. If the voters would have known that MPR was in line it would have been 44/56.

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fowlguyJan. 18, 10 4:37 PM

the arts people should get zip. they came on board late & did nothing for the bill. It should all go to the great outdoors.

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mcleanmJan. 18, 10 6:08 PM


They didn't vote for the "Arts" so much as they did for the "Outdoors".

An "Arts" bill would not have made it on it's own...

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sfinmnJan. 18, 10 6:37 PM

There should be NO way that Constitutional Amendments are allowed by simple majority. Wouldn't you think the Constitution (the Constitution!) is worth at least 2/3? Simple majority whims change every week and are easy pickin's for the special interest pros. Let's get this requirement changed before we get "California'd" to death.

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righteeeoooJan. 18, 10 6:38 PM

Everyone already knows that the liberal politicians in this state spend our tax money on their own pet projects and to enrich their political cronies ..... The money is never spent on what the people want ...... Not too much new in this article .....

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davehougJan. 18, 10 9:55 PM

Now it supports the 'economic environment' of MN which is whatever a cost accountant says it is.

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