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Ask your US Representative to sign-on to the Dear Colleague Letter to Support IMLS
https://www.aam-us.org/2021/03/04/keep-advocating-for-museums-appropriations-letters-now-circulating/
Ask your Representative to sign on to the Dear Colleague bipartisan appropriations letter  that requests “robust funding” for the Office of Museum Services (OMS) within the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) in FY 2022 appropriations.   Use the AAM's automated letter function.

Ask your US Legislators to include the arts and culture sectors in all COVID-19 Relief Legislation
https://www.artsactionfund.org/ActionCenter?vvsrc=/Campaigns/80241/Respond
As Congress and the Administration prepare additional forms of COVID-19 federal assistance, Americans for the Arts Action Fund has prepared an automated link to send your US legislators a message asking them to providing funding to sustain the arts sector’s unique capacity to support the U.S. economy, uplift and heal the human spirit, address equity and justice, and provide lifelong learning. [0210]

Thank Senators Sinema and Kelly for co-sponsoring the Grand Canyon Protection Act (S 387)
https://www.grandcanyontrust.org/act/permanently-protect-grand-canyon-uranium-mining
The House of Representatives passed the Grand Canyon Protection Act, the bill that permanently bans new uranium mines on 1 million acres of public lands near the Grand Canyon. Now Arizona Senators Sinema and Kelly have introduced the Senate version.   Please thank them by using the Grand Canyon Trust's automated letter. [0228]

Ask your legislators to support the Universal Giving Pandemic Response and Recovery Act (S. 618 and H.R 1704)
If enacted, the legislation would allow taxpayers who claim the standard deduction, rather than itemizing deductions, on their tax returns to take a deduction for charitable giving valued at up to one-third of the standard deduction (around $4,000 for an individual filer and $8,000 for married joint filers). This added giving incentive would be available for tax years 2021 and 2022. [0314]

Ask your legislators to co-sponsor the PPE Extension Act of 2021 and work for its speedy passage.
The Payroll Protection Program is due to expire on March 31, which is much too soon for nonprofits and other small businesses to apply.    The bipartisan bill would help small employers retain access to forgivable PPP loans by extending the deadline for PPP applications for another two months to May 31, 2021, and then providing an additional 30-day period for the SBA to process applications that are still pending. [0314]

Ask your U.S. Representative and Senators to join the Congressional America 250 Caucus
https://www.america250.org/about/congressional-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. 

 

State-Wide Issues

How to contact your Arizona Legislators

Arizona Citizens for the Arts Advocacy Network  
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Ask your Legislators to support funding for the Arizona State Parks Heritage Fund (HB2127 and SB 1385)
http://azheritage.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/UPDATED-HF-FLYER-HB2127.SB1384.pdf
Two bills have been introduced to the Arizona State Legislature that will restore funding to the Arizona State Parks Heritage Fund that provides grants for communities, tribes, and agencies to enhance and create parks and trails, and restore, repair, and reuse historic properties.  HR 2127 will provide $10 million from the General Fund (a one-year allocation), while SB 1385 will provide $10 million every year from the Arizona Lottery fund.   Please contact your State legislators, and ask them to support both these bills.   [0210]

Thank your Legislators for supporting funding for the Arizona Commission for the Arts
https://azcitizensforthearts.org/arts-advocacy-center/legislativeactioncenter/   
On Wednesday, the Arizona House of Representatives voted to approve HB2755, which allocates $5 million to the Arizona Commission on the Arts, that can be reinvested in arts organizations around the state.   Thank them by sending an automated letter through Arizona Citizens for the Arts. [0228]

Thank Senator Paul Boyer for keeping the Arizona Capitol Museum as part of the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records Division
Senator Boyer voted against SB 1128, which would have separated the Arizona Capitol Museum from the rest of ASLAPR, which it has been an integral part of since its founding 40 years ago.   An alternative bill, HB 2058 will ensure that the agency is re-authorized, while maintaining the shared mission of the museum, library and archives.   Please thank Senator Boyer for taking this critical stand to preserve the history of Arizona by sending him an email at pboyer@azleg.gov.


   




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