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Oklahoma House member to challenge museum funding

An attempt will be made Monday to redirect $40 million in proposed state funding away from Oklahoma City’s American Indian Cultural Center and Museum, state Rep. Sean Roberts announced Friday.
by Randy Ellis Modified: March 28, 2014 at 9:19 pm •  Published: March 29, 2014

“If the Legislature can’t build a 12-month operating budget without using non-recurring revenues, then perhaps there should be some serious reexamination of fiscal priorities,” Miller said. “While it is within their authority to do so, it would not be prudent.”

‘It’s our ace’

Dank said the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum would be wonderful for Oklahoma and take advantage of the state’s unique tribal heritage.

“We have something here that could be huge for the state of Oklahoma,” Dank said. “It’s our ace and it needs to be played. It’s just like the Thunder (NBA basketball team).”

Senate Bill 1651, the museum funding bill, previously passed the state Senate and is scheduled to be heard Monday by the House Natural Resources and Regulatory Services subcommittee. That’s the same day that thousands of teachers and parents are scheduled to rally at the state Capitol for higher teacher pay and increased education funding.

Roberts contends amending the bill would be “a huge win for teachers and students.”

by Randy Ellis
Investigative Reporter
For the past 30 years, staff writer Randy Ellis has exposed public corruption and government mismanagement in news articles. Ellis has investigated problems in Oklahoma's higher education institutions and wrote stories that ultimately led to two...
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