Bellingham seems a lot more like private art territory. either appeal to the yuppies in fairhaven or you will drown
Wow. I'm convinced that Tami Green is a man.
I'm shocked, especially with all the gay Republicans, that they hate art so much ...
Poetry on Buses is part of 4Culture, a big recipient of this money. Still think they're crazy to vote "no".
Bellingham is a small part of the 42nd district, and is kind of conservative on the whole anyway. 42nd district also houses conservative strongholds like Lynden, Everson, and Ferndale as well as a lot of unincorporated Whatcom county areas.
Just as importantly, this bill also helps funds heritage projects. Many of our local historical socities and museums would not be as strong as they are today had they not received 4Culture grants over the years. The passage of this bill is very good news for those who care about local history.
@ 4: Yeah, 4Culture has funded some stinker projects, but they're better to have than not—especially in the fight to preserve and cultivate arts spaces like Washington Hall.
I suspect Green and Linville got passes to vote no from Chopp, because they have challenging races coming up. By voting against something that might seem frivolous to more conservative voters, that eliminates one hit piece that could be sent out against them.
@4 - I was just reading some of that on my way home from Girls Rock!
what, no Mr Haney, Mr Ziffle or Mr Drucker?
@8, it's unlikely Kelli will tested in the 42nd - she's nigh bullet-proof.
There's no need to extend the bill past June of 2009...every idiot knows the Rapture starts that month.
I think I know where part of Chopp's $20 mm increase to the low-income housing bill is going to be coming from -
- 'cause yeah, gutting a few $100K from arts programming to pay for low-income housing, rather than say, a few million from subsidies to rich corporations, *cough! building industry! cough!* makes perfect sense.
Maybe it wasn't about they were against art as actually maybe ending a tax that is now being used for something completely different than what it was started for. Maybe those people were actually for ending a tax.
Wow, amazing thought, lets end a tax thats actually fulfilled its purpose of paying off the debt the tax was started for.
Calling them anti art is crap.
The amended bill passed today in the Senate. Just in case any of ya'll want to know.
Green's district is in south Pierce County. Not only does it have a high proportion of military folks who hate paying taxes even though they do plenty of sucking off the public teat themselves (I say this as a former military brat), it was also a reliably Republican district for a long time. Green was the first Dem to have been elected from the district in ages and the two elections that she's won have been so close that the automatic recount procedure has kicked in each time. She has to walk a very fine line on what tax bills she votes for.
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