Arizona Heritage Fund NEEDS YOUR HELP

July Will Be Too Late

ARIZONA HERITAGE ALLIANCE eNewsletter
Protecting Arizona’s Heritage Fund for today and tomorrow
July 2009 ~ Vol. 2, issue 5

The State Budget Crisis Continues…
125 Groups/Partners Sign Up to Protect the Heritage Fund
Proposed historical society cuts add to Arizona state heritage funding woes
Jana Bommersbach’s view of the sweeping of Heritage Fund Grants
Check our Website for the most up-to-date information on the Arizona Heritage Fund
Contact us

1. The State Budget Crisis Continues: Could rift over Arizona budget lead to a shutdown of state services? [Source: Casey Newton and Mary Jo Pitzl, Arizona Republic] — Driver’s licenses will be unavailable. Road construction will grind to a halt. Child abuse will not be investigated… [All 28 state parks would likely close indefinitely.] Those are some of the scenarios state agencies are preparing for should state leaders fail to agree on a budget by July 1.

The nearly total shutdown of state government, a possibility raised last week by Gov. Jan Brewer, has grown more likely this week as Republican leaders in the Legislature refuse to send Brewer the budget package they approved June 4…. [Note: To read the full article, go to: http://www.azcentral.com/news/election/azelections/articles/2009/06/17/20090617shutdown0617.html ]

2. 125 Groups/Partners Sign Up to Protect the Heritage Fund - One hundred and twenty-five groups/partners (cities, towns, tribes, community entities, organizations, non-profits, businesses, etc.) and over 250 individual voters have signed on to help protect the Arizona Heritage Fund. This letter has been passed onto all 90 members of the Arizona Legislature and Governor Brewer’s office. But let’s double this number!!!

If you or an organization you represent would like to sign a letter to protect the Heritage Fund, send us an e-mail at mail@azheritage.org and include your name, mailing address, e-mail, and state legislative district. Check it out here: http://tinyurl.com/de6c6k. If you’ve already signed on, we thank you for your support. To locate your district, click on: http://tinyurl.com/cowk4b Thank you for your support.

Elizabeth T. Woodin President, The Arizona Heritage Alliance

3. Proposed historical society cuts add to Arizona state heritage funding woes NEW! Funding for state-supported historical societies in Tempe, Prescott and Yuma (PURPLE) proposed to be dramatically cut. To view a map, go to: www.azheritage.org.

To date, 36 Heritage Fund Historic Preservation Grants projects, already signed but under 90% complete, were told on February 2, 2009 to “stop immediately, effective February 1, 2009? (BLUE). Two projects, over 90% complete, will be able to receive funding to wrap up remaining work (YELLOW).

In addition, three Arizona State Parks in northern Arizona (GREEN) and the new State Archives in downtown Phoenix (RED) have been shuttered due to the state’s budget crisis. At the April 3, 2009 Arizona State Parks Board meeting, the decision was made to move to a five-day schedule at six Arizona State Parks (LIGHT BLUE).
Jim McPherson Vice-President, The Arizona Heritage Alliance

4. To read Jana Bommersbach’s view of the sweeping of Heritage Fund Grants go to: http://azheritage.wordpress.com/2009/05/16/unclean-sweep/ .

5. Check our Website for the most up-to-date information on the Arizona Heritage Fund - Check it out at: www.azheritage.org. Our website has a whole new look. It is more interactive and visual pleasing. Let us know what you think by emailing us at mail@azheritage.org.

6. Contact us
Janice Miano, Director of Administration
The Arizona Heritage Alliance
PO Box 16282, Phoenix AZ 85011-6282
602-528-7500
mail@azheritage.org
www.azheritage.org

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Help Protect, Preserve and Enhance the Arizona Heritage Fund.
Join the Arizona Heritage Alliance. Go to www.azheritage.org and click on the “membership info” link.









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