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May 12, 2003

Senator Gwen Margolis: Take Action to Save Florida Arts

Dear Arts Patrons,

As many of you are aware, this year the revenue source for Arts and Culture in the State of Florida was threatened by Senate Bill 934 and House Bill 1855. The bills proposed the permanent elimination of the Corporations Trust Fund, the dedicated source of revenue for the State's arts grants programs, which provides in excess of $25 million annually - of which more then $6 million is for the arts in Miami Dade County.
Today I am pleased to announce that because of the outcry of Florida's arts performers and patrons, these bills have failed thus far. However, although these bills have died in both the House and the Senate, the issue is in the Governor's call to action and will come up again during the Special Session, beginning May 12. As I am sure you are aware, I am a staunch supporter of the Arts in Florida, and will continue to fight for funding. I believe that State support of the arts is critically important in South Florida, as well as throughout the state. The state's continued commitment to cultural programs will have a positive effect on the quality of life for residents, and will also help make the area a more attractive destination for our tourists.
Please rest assured that I will remain your champion in Tallahassee, but to be successful, I need your help. I strongly urge you to continue calling and emailing Governor Bush, President King, Speaker Byrd, and your local Representative to advise them of the strong economic and quality of life impact that the arts have on the Miami Dade Community. You can reach them at the following:

Governor Jeb Bush: (850) 488-4441
Email: fl_governor@myflorida.com
President James King: (850) 487-5030
Email: King.James.Web@Flsenate.Gov
Speaker Johnny Byrd: (850) 488-0807 / speaker@myfloridahouse.com

Thank you for taking the time to be an advocate for arts and culture.

Warm regards,
Senator Gwen Margolis
Office of Senator Margolis
305.535.5432
(fax) 305.535.5435

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