Friday, February 25, 2011

What a great week!

HB 1997 and SB 5834 both had a public hearings this week, with tremendous support on behalf of key leadership and key testimony from many advocates.  Representative Ross Hunter specifically cited the public testimony in recommending a "yes" vote to the House Ways & Means Committee.  So thanks to all who came down to Olympia or wrote your reps.

This afternoon we received the great news that BOTH bills passed out of their respective Committees with a "do pass". They will now go to their respective Rules Committees to be scheduled for a Floor Vote.

Power to the people!

If either bill gets a positive floor vote in their own house, they will then have to start the process from the beginning in the opposite chamber.   At that point, we will expect additional hearings.  So keep your eyes peeled and your zip cars at the ready for another trip to the state capitol.

We're not done yet, but this is an excellent week's work! Well done, everyone.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Critical Week for 4Culture!

STEPS YOU CAN TAKE TODAY TO MAKE AN IMPACT:

1. CALL OR EMAIL YOUR LEGISLATORS
Ask your Representatives to VOTE YES and support HB 1997 and your Senator to support SB 5834. Tell them why arts and heritage in King County matters to you. CLICK HERE to find their contact information.

2. ATTEND A HEARING
Your attendance at a hearing makes the greatest positive impact. All you have to do is sign in in support. 
Email us by Monday at 4pm if you want a ride. Here are driving directions and a campus map

3. SPREAD THE WORD
Tweet, blog, Facebook, email and shout from the rooftops. Get fellow advocates to join in the fight. 

WHAT DO I SAY? HERE'S A SUGGESTION:
Dear Representative _______,
Please support HB1997, King County's Economic Development bill that includes 4Culture. Arts & Culture are an important part of King County's plan to create jobs and improve our economy by bringing more visitors and tourism spending to King County communities. Additionally, I personally value 4Culture because _____________.

Sincerely,
_____________



Dear Senator _______,
Please support SB 5834, a bill that supports 4Culture. Arts & Culture are an important part of King County. Arts and heritage creates jobs and improves our economy by bringing more visitors and tourism spending to King County communities. Additionally, I personally value 4Culture because _____________.
Sincerely,
_____________

Friday, February 18, 2011

Advocates: Now is the time to act!

The moment we've all been waiting for is here! King County's Economic Development bill just dropped in the House today. According to 4Culture's blog post on the subject, HB 1997 would secure a solid future for 4Culture’s arts, heritage, and preservation funding programs.

Advocates in Olympia
"HB 1997, was drafted by King County leadership in conversation with key support from key legislative champions in the House and Senate. The lead sponsor is Representative Orwall. The bill proposes to secure existing visitor taxes and direct them toward economic development activities: arts & heritage, tourism-related facilities, such as the convention center, community development activities, low-income housing developments, and revitalization of the historic Pioneer Square district and culturally rich International District."


NOW IT'S TIME FOR US TO ACT!
There are more than 700 people and organizations listed on this site who are part of the Advocate4Culture Coalition, and all of our House Reps across King County and the state need to know that we support this bill, and we need their leadership to pass it!

STEPS YOU CAN TAKE TODAY:

1. Find the contact information for your Representatives. You've got two. They both need to hear from you in the next 4 days (by Tuesday). Call or email them and tell them you support HB 1997 and that bill needs to get passed this year, or the arts/heritage programs you value in King County will be cut by 90%. This is urgent and has no impact on the current year budget.

2. HB 1997 is scheduled for a hearing this Tuesday, February 22nd at 1:30 p.m.  We need a flood of advocates at the hearing. We know it's a burden for some to get off work, but if it's at all possible, YOUR attendance will make a huge difference. We can arrange transportation. Email us by Monday at 4pm if you want a ride. Otherwise, check back on the blog soon and we'll post more info about the room. Here are driving directions and a campus map

3. Tell everyone you know about steps 1 & 2.

YOU ROCK.
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P.S. We also want to note that the Senate dropped a bill SB 5834 that addresses some of the funding for 4Culture, but not the rest of the economic development/tourism package that King County leadership is pushing for. The best message you can give legislators now is: "Please support HB1997, King County's Economic Development bill that includes 4Culture. Arts & Culture are an important part of King County's plan to create jobs and improve our economy by bringing more visitors and tourism spending to King County communities."

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Hey King County - Where's the Bill?!

(c) 2009, Time Changes EverythingThomas Hawk 
Time keeps on slippin' slippin' slippin' and we want a bill we can stand behind and advocate for now.


As you know, King County is taking the lead this year, incorporating our beloved 4Culture's future into an economic development bill. 


We are cool with this, but we want to hit Olympia now, before it's too late for us to make a difference through advocacy. 


We are artists and employers; we are historians and teachers; we are preservationists and parents --- we are voters, and we want to advocate for what matters to us.


Our pens, keyboards, phones and feet are ready to roll; and we excited to tell our legislators why they should support 4Culture and King County's economic development bill. Drop the bill King County and we'll get to work!