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POP goes the funding?


Gazette staff December 11th, 2013

You gotta hand it to state Republicans; they’re nothing if not consistent. 

In the latest episode of Anything That Costs the Government Money is Bad, Oklahoma GOPers are stifling the development of the OKPOP museum — a 75,000-square-foot art and culture museum slated to be built in Tulsa — by withholding the necessary appropriations from the state’s 2015 fiscal budget.

Clearly, they can’t comprehend the facility’s potential awesomeness.

“Until we get a better idea of our revenue picture from the Board of Equalization in February, we can’t commit to anything that will have a budget impact,” Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman, R-Sapulpa, said.

But advocates of the project say the museum will be self-supporting, offering a place for public gatherings and events — which, in turn, would generate revenue.

“We are not taking our foot off the pedal at all,” Oklahoma Historical Society Executive Director Bob Blackburn said. State funding for tornado relief efforts has put a damper on the project — or has at least given state officials an excuse to spend less.

But don’t they know the museum will have an original puppet used by Clarence Nash — the voice of Donald Duck — who was born in Watonga?

C’mon guys! This is Donald Duck we’re talking about here!

 
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