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Detroit Institute of Arts Statement on Committee Passage of House Bill 5571

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

As a partner in the “Grand Bargain,” the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) is pleased that the Detroit’s Recovery and Michigan’s Future Committee of the Michigan House has passed the legislation needed to ensure state financial support. Today’s vote is a strong statement that the future of Michigan’s largest city is important to all state residents and the DIA is pleased and proud to be a part of the solution to Detroit’s fiscal crisis. We are, however, deeply concerned at the move by some House members to deny Michigan residents their right to vote. In August 2012, thousands of individuals in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties voted to approve a property tax to support operations at the DIA. Whether or not the local communities and the DIA return to those voters upon the expiration of that tax should be decided by the voters, not by Michigan House members who are surprisingly willing to limit the citizens’ right to decide. House Bill 5571 prohibits voters from deciding whether to support continued funding for arts services from the DIA, and will place similar limitations on other museums across the state that are not “municipally owned.” House Bill 5571 has nothing to do with the Grand Bargain. The Detroit Institute of Arts looks forward to continuing its work in support of the Grand Bargain and Detroit’s revitalization.

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Contact:    Pamela Marcil    313-833-7899    pmarcil@dia.org