Oklahoma Legislature, governor should back effort to fund museum projects

The Oklahoman Editorial Published: May 20, 2013

We've long supported the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum. It could draw tourists from across the globe to Oklahoma City with ancillary economic benefit for the community. It's hard to justify spending $80 million in taxpayer funds on the museum to date only to leave it to rot. This funding plan isn't perfect, but nears the museum closer to completion. That's a goal lawmakers should support.

We urge House members to get behind the latest iteration of plans for the Oklahoma City museum and OKPOP. We also urge the full Legislature and Gov. Mary Fallin to endorse the effort as the 2013 legislative session comes to a close.

It's time to shore up the substantial private funding pledges for the Oklahoma City and Tulsa projects by signaling that state government is committed to finishing the job.

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