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ACTION: Ask your U.S. Representative and Senators to Include Museums in Reconciliation/Infrastructure Legislation
We need to ensure museums are eligible for funding in upcoming reconciliation/infrastructure legislation for projects that include Buildings: New construction and upgrades to existing and historic structures including for energy efficiency, clean energy generation research and demonstration projects, retrofitting and retro-commissioning, and improvement funding; Climate Resilience: To prepare for increasingly frequent extreme weather including coastal erosion, sea level rise, flooding, and fires; Water and Electricity: Ensure all museums have access to safe and clean water infrastructure as well as a modernized electric grid; Broadband: Designate museums as hubs for high-speed internet in low-income and rural areas.
The Museum Association of Arizona has already signed on to a joint letter to Congressional leadership. Now you can send the automated letter prepared by American Alliance of Museums to your Representative and Senators. [September]
Action: Ask your U.S. Senators to Approve the Historic Increase for OMS
Thanks to the continuing efforts of museum advocates across the country, the House of Representatives approved a proposed $14 million (35%) funding increase for Office of Museum Services (OMS) programs at the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)
However, the appropriations process has a way to go, and the Senate has yet to act with the beginning of FY 2022 looming October 1. A temporary stop-gap funding measure is expected while Congress finalizes the final spending package during the coming weeks.
Please contact your Senators using the American Alliance of Museums automated letter and ask them to support this increase for OMS. [September]
ACTION: Ask your U.S. Representative and Senators to join the Congressional America 250 Caucus
The Congressional America 250 is a forum for lawmakers to share their interest in planning for the country’s 250th anniversary. The bipartisan caucus will be a valuable resource for lawmakers and Congressional staff over the next few years. [March]
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UPDATE: Funding for the State Parks Heritage Fund
The state budget for Fiscal Year 2022 includes $5 million to fund the Arizona State Parks Heritage Fund thanks to Senator T.J. Shope of Coolidge and Representative Joanne Osborne of Goodyear.
ACTION: If you are in Senator Shope or Representative Osborne's district please thank them for their support. [July]
UPDATE: Funding for the Arizona Arts Commission
The Fiscal Year 2022 budget does not include state funding for the Arizona Commission of the Arts, but an announcement in the coming days which will appropriate federal ARP dollars to the commission. [July]