RFA Changes

Big possible changes to the appropriation process at the Utah State Legislature are brewing. Right now, most line item requests for cultural organizations go through the Business, Economic Development, and Labor Appropriations sub-committee and that committee is seriously thinking about changing how it operates in terms of cultural dollars. As part of that process, the Utah Division of Arts & Museums gave a presentation about their existing granting process. Here are our notes, a pdf of the presentation, and the audio. What do you think? Our notes from the meeting are below. Audio Recording PDF of Utah Arts & Museums's slides Continue reading

EAC 3.8.17

Executive Appropriations 3.8.2017 The Executive Appropriations Committee had their final meeting this evening and the following cultural groups received supplemental funding. Heritage and Arts Additions 1x and ongoing Desert Star 1x $100,00 George Beard Photography Exhibition ongoing $100,000 Hale Center Theater ongoing $100,000 Historic Festivals ongoing $20,000 Odyssey Dance Company 1x $100,000 SLCo Children’s Theater 1x $20,000 Utah Lake Commission Lake Festival ongoing $10,000 Utah Sports Hall of Fame ongoing $200,000   Link to supplemental funding http://le.utah.gov/interim/2017/pdf/00002054.pdf   Link to consolidated motions for Senate bill 3 http://le.utah.gov/interim/2017/pdf/00002052.pdf   3.      5:00 p.m.Other Business/Adjourn  

EAC 3.3.17

Called to order - 4:44 pm FY 2017-18 Final revenue estimates accepted (see pic blue handout attached) FY17-18 Budget items Sen. Davis added "intent language" to: fund "out of wedlock pregnancy prevention," through TANFF; fund "sexual violence prevention," through TANFF; fund "access for Medicaid clients' access to dental care after evaluating managed care usage and reports and clarifications. Escamilla - the 3rd piece is associated with Sen. Christensen's now dead SB50, which has been resolved outside of this hearing $46M for University of Utah and Monies for Prairie Dog were raised and addressed. Motion approved unanimously to accept FY17-18 Additional One-Time Appropriations Request (see pic green handout) Escamilla discussed hospice care for  FY 17-18 Approved Funding Items Approval (See pic orange handout) Unanimously approved HB8 Substitution Writing authorized for Higher Education, income adjustments for higher education employees. Labor market adjustment - COLA = cost of living (consumption). Labor Market adjustment = cost of employing people (not connected to CPI). Cultural advocates will be most interested in viewing item #3 below. Items distributed at the meeting: Revenue Estimates Consolidated Motions Approved funding items (cultural items are on pg 1 and 8) Additional funded items (relevant to bills mostly)  

Executive Appropriations Notes

Executive Appropriations Committee  Thursday, Feb 16, 2017 4:10 pm 2. Executive Offices and Criminal Justice  Appropriations — tremendous success with reallocations, remaining funds $37,500, lots of cuts in JRI which they would like to keep the money in JRI, $250,000 shortfall in AG office that is a constitutional requirement to provide services for child protection, 3 different groups of public employees which are underpaid specifically in corrections. They’re having a problem hiring line officers in the state prison. The compensation is not as good at the state institution, so they believe that the money they are hoping to appropriate will fill this gap. Talked about the steady increase for Highway Patrolmen. Talked about the importance of HB 200 and the ask that is included in their appropriation and the importance of processing Sexual Assault Kits, said that it was cut to get the program started, Rep. Romero clarified the original ask for HB 200 was 2.4 million and was cut down to 1 million dollars and expressed her ability to answer the questions. House Chair Sanpei asked a question about funding for corrections.    3. Higher Education Appropriations — $124 million dollars asked for,  cut down to $65 million, top part of appropriations is tied to student growth at each of Utah’s Universities, talked about the Strategic Workforce Investment, figuring out how to strategically place income tax dollars in higher education especially going to high demand jobs    4. Infrastructure and General Government - 4 requests prioritized for ongoing, and one-time funding, mostly talked about buildings that will be built. The committee said that if there is not enough one-time funding it would be okay to not build some of the buildings this year. The EAC had some concerns about the ATC in Dixie because they thought that it might be more of an issue for the county   5. Executive Committee requests - WWI Memorial is being funded through this committee Executive Appropriations Wednesday, February 15, 2017  c.       Business, Economic Development, and Labor Sen. Shiozawa-increases will allow us to collect new revenues See SB8 for fees changes Committee reallocated $2.8 M ongoing and $1.7 one time Prioritized 18 ongoing and 32 one time requests Prioritized items are on 2.1 and 2.2 Rep Hollins-Curious if Salty Cricket was funded Sen Shiozawa-You can find it on 2.3 Rep. Hollins, the answer is yes. Johnathan Ball-Executive Appropriations still must vote on a bill to fund the items. Rep. Briscoe-2.3 and 2.4 funded with internal money Pres Neiderhauser-Curious what Salty Crickets is? Group in SLC that provides music training and services. They presented and played in front of the committee. Committee determined that this is a valiant effort. Pres. Niederharuse-Question on Tourism……… *Missed most of the discussion while I was booking our meeting with Sen Hinkins Sen Shiozawa-would like to talk more about the request and process in the interim and hear all the requests moving forward instead of having certain requests go through other committees. Speaker Hughes question on Item #19 Sen. Shiozawa #19 is a contract amount Sen. Stevenson-curious what’s going on in this committee. I’ve seen requests totaling $60 M come to this committee and am impressed with your amounts this year. Sen. Stevenson-Great work. Sen. Shiozawa From the Senate side, I would like to thank my co-chairs and couldn’t have better legislative help.       e.       Public Education Sen Hillyard-Pleasure to work with Rep. McCay and Rep. Spendlove All members of the committee felt like they were part of the process #1 Enrollment growth-$4m must be added for growth. If we don’t add the money it will cause a budget shortfall. Increase of WPU is mandatory 2.5%. If you increase it more, the more money it will take. #6. Regional service centers started using mineral lease money which has run out. #8. Educator licensing fees-fees were over what they needed. Surplus has been used and need the fees. Legislature will pay the fees for this year. #9. Teacher supply ongoing revenue is at $5 M #2/3 have no wiggle room must be funded #1 priority request is for a new school for the Deaf and Blind Thank Ben, Jill and Karen our staff. Thank SB and SBOE and Tammy Pifer (?) from the Gov office. We think we’ve stretched you for the $176 M. Rep Briscoe-14 Sp Ed intensive services-current? Hillyard Sp Ed intensive services is $15 M in the hole Ben-$1.2 M State, $1 M Fed converting the $1 M to ongoing Rep. Gibson-Thanked the committee Sen. Stevenson-Compliment the chairs. Great friends with Hillyard. You may wish he was back in this chair by the end.              Executive Appropriations Committee February 2, 2017 Request for Appropriation Utah World War I Centennial Commission (Handy)-$75,000 Hire an intern to coordinate activities. All 50 states have a Centennial Commission Sen. VanTassell-is it one time? Rep. Handy-yes c.       Public Education   SB 1 has been approved. The committee is waiting for budget numbers before doing their real work. Offer intent language and request the SBOE to provide the information requested. Rep Briscoe-Page 72 Does the adjustment column indicate the increased local funding. Ben Leishman. Yes, the funds are included in that column Rep. Sanpei-some initiatives have some balances. Could we take those balances out of the base? Sen. Hillyard-We haven’t done anything more than approve the Base Budget. Once we get down to the real work we’ll take those out. Motion to approve by Rep. Sanpei. Passes unanimously   3c-Public Education Base Budget Report (2017 GS)   Business, Economic Development, and Labor Spent time considering performance measures, adjustment to dedicated credits. DABC has some items pertaining to business that we approved. We did not vote on any reductions until we get more information from the agencies. Rep. Sanpei-Avenue H is a program that is ending but I see $750,000 why isn’t the money removed? The program is continuing for one more year. Moved to approve by Rep. Sanpei. Passes unanimously. 3d-Business, Economic Development, and Labor Base Budget Report (2017 GS)     Executive Appropriations Committee January 26, 2017, 5:30 p.m. Capitol Preservation Board (CPB) Base Budget-$4.95 M No discussion of increase   Here is the issue brief for the CPB http://le.utah.gov/interim/2017/pdf/00000622.pdf      

Natural Resources Committee Notes

Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environmental Quality Appropriations 1.26.17 @ 8am    Committee reviewed the Parks and Recreation Base Budget Budget.utah.gov for information on the Parks and Recreation Budget Compendium of Budget Information (COBI) and Appropriations Subcommittee   Base budget bill SB 5 Item 13 Line 145 $4.5 M Fed $1.5 dedicated credits No discussion of increase

Take action for historic Fairpark buildings (advocacy)

Planned for Demolition  Historic Administration Building (c. 1920) and former DMV Testing Facility (1967) designed by Utah modernist architect John Sugden. Administration Building (c.1920) HOW YOU CAN HELP1) Make direct contact with decision makers.Contact the following people using any of the talking points on the next page by phone, email, or U.S. Mail.Roger Beattie, Chair, Utah State Fairpark Board of DirectorsPhone:  (801) 294-7040Email:  roger@rogerbeattie.comU.S. Mail:  RLB Holdings, Inc., 3187 U.S. 89, Bountiful, UT 84010Larry Mullenax, Executive Director for Utah State FairparkPhone:  (801) 538-8400Email:  lmullenax@utahstatefair.comU.S. Mail:  Utah State Fairpark, 155 N 1000 W, Salt Lake City, UT 84116Eric Tholen, Division Director for the Utah State Division of Facilities and Construction Management (DFCM)Phone:  (801) 538-3010Email:  etholen@utah.govU.S. Mail: DFCM, 4110 State Office Building, 450 N. State St., Salt Lake City, UT 84114Your Utah State Representative and SenatorNeed their information? Follow this linkKnow their info:Utah State SenateUtah House of RepresentativesPlease cc Preservation Utah at kirk@preservationutah.org so that we may track progress.2) Request to be an individual consulting party under the Utah State Antiquities Act Section 9-8-404.Send an email to Chris Hansen (clhansen@utah.gov), Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer at the Utah Division of State History, and request to be a consulting party. You will then receive emails requesting comments on pertinent information that is made available to the public and invitations to meetings that fall under the Section 404 review.3) Write a letter to the editor of any newspaper.Here’s how you submit directly to the two statewide newspapers:The Salt Lake Tribune: letters@sltrib.comDeseret News: letters@deseretnews.com4) Share your opinion on personal social media accounts.Help us spread the word quickly by using the hashtags #savehistoricfairpark and #preservationutah.5) Join the Preservation Utah email list.Visit our home page and sign up to keep up to date on the latest with this issue by subscribing to our free e-newsletter.  DMV Testing Facility (1967) BACKGROUND Recently, plans have been announced by the Utah State Fairpark to construct a new structure on the state-owned fairgrounds that will be used as the Department of Agriculture’s offices and exhibit space for the fair. The plan threatens two historic structures on the fairgrounds – the historic Administration Building (c. 1920), and the former DMV Testing Facility (1967) designed by Utah modernist architect John Sugden. The historic Administration Building is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and dates to approximately 1920. It has been occupied since its construction by administrative offices for the Utah State Fair. Nearly 100 years of the state fair have been planned and executed from this place, creating memories that span multiple generations. The brick structure exhibits detailing of the Period Revival styles of architecture and are well-maintained. Built in 1967, the State of Utah’s former Driver’s License Testing Facility at the Utah State Fairpark follows Sugden’s design principles of external structural expression and maximum transparency. The structure’s simplicity of rectangular form and materials are its architectural character, with origins in the design principles of Mies van der Rohe, whom Sugden trained under at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. Many people likely have fond memories of obtaining their first driver’s license in this building. Most recently, the building has been used by the state’s technology division. In 2013, a master plan and market and financial feasibility study was completed for the Utah State Fairpark to assist them in visioning the future of the fairgrounds and reducing reliance on state funding for operations and maintenance. One of the proposals in that master plan was to build a new state office building at the Fairpark, but multiple options being proposed as to its location. The option selected by the Utah State Fairpark is the only option that demolishes historic structures. In order to move forward, the Utah State Fairpark needs the State Legislature to prioritize the project and provide the necessary funding during the 2017 legislative session. If demolition is approved, only ten of the original twenty-seven properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1980 would still be standing. Talking Points- These buildings are significant to the history, evolution, and story of Utah State Fairpark. Demolition tears out pages from that story forever.- The former DMV Testing Facility was designed by one of Utah’s foremost designers of the mid-twentieth century, John Sugden, and clearly demonstrates his philosophies of structural expression and transparency which he acquired from training under Mies van der Rohe. The Administration Building is evocative of the historic design of many other structures at Fairpark and has served as the operational office of the Utah State Fair for nearly 100 years.- To our knowledge, full renovation of the historic buildings has not been explored as to their feasibility and cost. Full renovation could lower the cost of maintenance, make them more efficient to operate, and consider new uses if the current tenants are desiring to relocate.- There are site alternatives to construct a new state office and fair exhibit building that do not require demolition of historic structures that should be favored over those that do.- The legislature should not prioritize funding for the new state office building at Fairpark if the proposal will demolish historic structures.

Petition · Arts & Electives At Corner Canyon District Middle Schools including Draper Park, Butler and Albion Middle Schools. · Change.org

You may be interested in this petition about art electives in the Canyon School District. To view the full petition:  click here January 17th at 5:00 pm-Meeting with voting is at 7:00 pm. 9361 South 300 East - We need to be at BOTH. Serious decisions regarding the electives and art programs in Canyons School District are being made right now. Middle Schools throughout the district including: Draper Park, Butler and Albion Middle Schools are having electives side-lined. The issue has arisen because the State Board of Education will be adding two required classes to the sixth and eighth grade curriculum: a College & Career Readiness course (sixth grade), and a Digital Literacy course (eighth grade). Naturally this poses challenges to middle school administrators across the state, as they are faced with how to accommodate this requirement and still provide a balanced curriculum for their students. At these middle schools the administrations and school community councils (SCC) have voted to move forward with an adapted six period schedule. 

Chip Dawson Candidate for Jordan School District Board, District 5

 Chip Dawson  Candidate for Jordan School District Board, District 5 chipdawsonjsd@gmail.com www.chipdawson.com  801.254.4223 South Jordan  Salt Lake County  Republican                  UCA Candidate Survey   Should government be involved in funding the arts and humanities?    Yes   Please explain your answer (one or two sentences is sufficient):   The arts and humanities can elevate and lift humanity as few things can. While I appreciate the emphasis on STEM in education, I believe that arts and music can be added into the mix to make STEAM.   If your elected office could impact the amount of money spent on public K-12 arts & humanities education, what would you choose to do?   Increase Spending   If your elected office could impact the amount of money spent on after school K-12 arts & humanities education program, what would you choose to do?   Increase Spending    Do you believe that during-the-day arts and humanities education should be a part of K-12 curriculum?   Yes   If your elected office could impact the amount of money spent on cultural programs, what would you choose to do?   Increase Spending     Do you consider the arts and cultural sector an economic driver in Utah?   Unsure   Do you support Utah's Percent-for-Art Act, which designates 1% of public building costs for public art?    Yes Do you support the designation of Robert Smithson's Spiral Jetty as the State Work of Art?    Unsure     If your office could impact legislation, would you support a bill that exempts cultural non-profits from property tax?   No Please explain your answer to (one or two sentences is sufficient):   This proposal is problematic. Working for a city for the past decade, I know how vital property taxes are. Cultural non-profits, as vital as they are, still need water, sewer, public safety and other services. I think a reduced rate might be more appropriate as a starting point. The other concern is that then residents could potentially start bogus 501(c)(3) for the arts in their homes and forgo property taxes.   Would you support a minor increase to bed or tourism taxes to fund more cultural districts in your community?   Yes Please explain your answer (one or two sentences is sufficient):   I think this is more than appropriate, especially in areas where arts and cultural activities are tourism drivers.   Last year the state legislature passed a bill (HB223 Local Historic District Amendments) restricting the creation of historical districts. What are your thoughts about historic preservation? (One or two sentences is sufficient).   Again, working for a city for a decade, I have mixed feelings about these historical districts. Unfortunately, I do not feel that every old house or block deserves protection from progress.     Have you had a personal experience with arts, culture, or humanities that has had an impact on your life? Please explain (one or two sentences is sufficient).

Brad Daw Candidate for Utah House, District 60

 Brad Daw Candidate for State Representative, District 60 brad@braddaw.com  www.braddaw.com 801-850-3608 Orem Utah County  Republican              UCA Candidate Survey   Should government be involved in funding the arts and humanities?    Yes   Please explain your answer (one or two sentences is sufficient):   Government has a very limited role in funding arts and humanities primarily through funding institutions of education.       If your elected office could impact the amount of money spent on public K-12 arts & humanities education, what would you choose to do?   Keep Spending the Same   If your elected office could impact the amount of money spent on after school K-12 arts & humanities education program, what would you choose to do?   Keep Spending the Same     Do you believe that during-the-day arts and humanities education should be a part of K-12 curriculum?   Yes   If your elected office could impact the amount of money spent on cultural programs, what would you choose to do?   Keep Spending the Same   Do you consider the arts and cultural sector an economic driver in Utah?   Yes   Do you support Utah's Percent-for-Art Act, which designates 1% of public building costs for public art?    No    Do you support the designation of Robert Smithson's Spiral Jetty as the State Work of Art?    No     If your office could impact legislation, would you support a bill that exempts cultural non-profits from property tax?   Unsure         Please explain your answer to (one or two sentences is sufficient):   I have not looked at the overall economic impact of such an exemption, but I would be very cautious about creating that kind of exemption.   Would you support a minor increase to bed or tourism taxes to fund more cultural districts in your community?   No   Please explain your answer (one or two sentences is sufficient):   This type of subsidy is far to often misused.   Last year the state legislature passed a bill (HB223 Local Historic District Amendments) restricting the creation of historical districts. What are your thoughts about historic preservation? (One or two sentences is sufficient).   I'm in favor of historic preservation as long as it does not place undue burdens on property owners and tax payers.   Have you had a personal experience with arts, culture, or humanities that has had an impact on your life? Please explain (one or two sentences is sufficient).   I've been to many productions. My family has season tickets to the Hale center. Art is a big part of our lives.

Bruce Cutler Candidate for Utah House District 44 - UCA Survey

 Bruce Cutler House District 44 Bruce@electbrucecutler.org Electbrucecutler.org 801-556-4600 Murray Salt Lake Republican            UCA Candidate Survey   Should government be involved in funding the arts and humanities?    Yes   Please explain your answer (one or two sentences is sufficient):   If your elected office could impact the amount of money spent on public K-12 arts & humanities education, what would you choose to do?   Increase Spending   If your elected office could impact the amount of money spent on after school K-12 arts & humanities education program, what would you choose to do?   Keep Spending the Same   Do you believe that during-the-day arts and humanities education should be a part of K-12 curriculum?   Yes   If your elected office could impact the amount of money spent on cultural programs, what would you choose to do?   Increase Spending     Do you consider the arts and cultural sector an economic driver in Utah?   Yes   Do you support Utah's Percent-for-Art Act, which designates 1% of public building costs for public art?    Yes Do you support the designation of Robert Smithson's Spiral Jetty as the State Work of Art?    Yes     If your office could impact legislation, would you support a bill that exempts cultural non-profits from property tax?   Unsure Please explain your answer to (one or two sentences is sufficient):   Would you support a minor increase to bed or tourism taxes to fund more cultural districts in your community?   Unsure Please explain your answer (one or two sentences is sufficient):   Last year the state legislature passed a bill (HB223 Local Historic District Amendments) restricting the creation of historical districts. What are your thoughts about historic preservation? (One or two sentences is sufficient).     Have you had a personal experience with arts, culture, or humanities that has had an impact on your life? Please explain (one or two sentences is sufficient).   Yes. I met my wife through the arts and it has been a significant part of out family life ever since.