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Records Show Artists Took Tropical Trips on Minn. Taxpayers
KSTP ^ | 3-19-13 | jay kolls

Posted on 03/20/2013 7:31:04 AM PDT by TurboZamboni

Minnesota taxpayers paid for trips to places like Bora Bora, Costa Rica and New Zealand and all of the trips were for artists. State records show the Minnesota Arts Board dished out 114 grants under the Artists' Initiative program between 2009 and 2013. The money went to artists who traveled to 40 countries and 20 different states. The program spent $5.6 million in that time with 15 percent of the trips overseas. The Arts Board tells 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS the money is not from the voter-approved Legacy Fund. The Arts Board says it comes from the state's general fund because Legacy Fund money can only be spent on projects in Minnesota.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; US: Minnesota
KEYWORDS: art; debt; spending; waste
"The Arts Board says it comes from the state's general fund because Legacy Fund money can only be spent on projects in Minnesota."

Well then, I guess that makes it OK.

1 posted on 03/20/2013 7:31:04 AM PDT by TurboZamboni
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To: TurboZamboni

Your tax dollars at play.

Why do the hard-working tax payers of this country permit this kind of sh*t to go on?


2 posted on 03/20/2013 7:32:16 AM PDT by TheConservator ("I spent my life trying not to be careless. Women and children can be careless, but not men.")
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To: TurboZamboni
“Sir, you DO know we artists live a voluntary hard life, don't you?”

“Hardship inspires our creative juices flowing.”

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3 posted on 03/20/2013 7:34:03 AM PDT by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: TurboZamboni

They could have given me $1000 and a week in the UP and I would take all the pictures they could handle.


4 posted on 03/20/2013 7:40:24 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: TheConservator

Why should a nineteen year old from a poor family working 50 hours a week at MacDonald’s be taxed so that a young woman from a privileged family can take a junket to Tahiti, when he can’t afford to vacation in Fort Walton Beach? Especially when she looks down her nose at him, and considers herself his intellectual, moral and sexual inferior.


5 posted on 03/20/2013 7:41:05 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (What word begins with "O" and ends in economic collapse?)
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To: TheConservator

So people wearing tiny glasses and with their radio stuck on MPR can lecture us about the arts and why we should be ‘happy to pay more’.


6 posted on 03/20/2013 7:43:14 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: TheConservator

Why do the hard-working tax payers of this country permit this kind of sh*t to go on?”

...because they continue to get those “whopping” “refunds” from the IRS every April. Few pay attention to the taxed paycheck. Most salivate about their $400 whatever refund.


7 posted on 03/20/2013 7:46:42 AM PDT by albie (re)
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To: TurboZamboni
Not a joke -

Melissa Loop-Anderson got $10,000 in taxpayer money to go to Tahiti and "research and gather materials for a body of work that will focus on colonialism and subjugation through the military and tourist industry."

Minnesota taxpayers paid her to be a tourist in Tahiti so she could gather information about how the Tahitians suffer under tourism.

8 posted on 03/20/2013 7:51:59 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: TheConservator

The worst part is that every funding cut is coupled with an increase one way or another.

My congressman sought a $50 million cut in funding to the endowment for the arts. He got a $20 million cut that was only able to pass with an increase in the annual built in increase.


9 posted on 03/20/2013 7:57:18 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: TurboZamboni

The Ramaswamy family made out like bandits. Three dancers, six trips totalling $52,000. India, Switzerland, Bali - how grand to have friends in high places.

Also known as patrons, who USED to fund artists with their OWN damn money.


10 posted on 03/20/2013 8:00:19 AM PDT by heartwood
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To: heartwood

This crap undercuts the rest of us who try to do our thing the honest way.


11 posted on 03/20/2013 8:01:35 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: dead

Seems to be a pattern for Ms. Loop:

Received the Vanderlip Travel Grant for Fine Arts. Grant is awarded to the most promising student upon graduation.


12 posted on 03/20/2013 8:02:56 AM PDT by lodi90
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To: TurboZamboni

Free trips y’all!


13 posted on 03/20/2013 8:05:30 AM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: TurboZamboni

The State of Minnesota is facing over a $1 billion budget shortfall, but of course Governor Dayton is looking to new taxes and certainly won’t seek cuts in these “vital” programs.


14 posted on 03/20/2013 8:06:03 AM PDT by The Great RJ
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To: dead

Here are a lot more “research” trips. I wonder how many were government funded? Typical “non profit” liberal scammer.

http://myheartisanomad.blogspot.com/


15 posted on 03/20/2013 8:06:41 AM PDT by lodi90
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To: dead

yeah. I laughed at the TV when Jay said that last night.

our state really is run by a bunch of a-holes.

“Legacy Fund”- the legacy is waste,fraud,debt and stupidity.


16 posted on 03/20/2013 8:09:33 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: dead

I automatically don’t trust anyone with a hyphenated last name.


17 posted on 03/20/2013 8:12:25 AM PDT by Shimmer1 (No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.)
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To: cripplecreek
They could have given me $1000 and a week in the UP and I would take all the pictures they could handle.

You got that right, th Up is absolutely gorgeous and one of my favorite places. MN BWCA would have ben just as cheap and maybe these artist could really get a taste of what mn has to offer the world in terms of real beauty. . it could lead to actual art instead of a crucifix in urine

18 posted on 03/20/2013 9:01:51 AM PDT by vikzilla
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To: vikzilla

Anytime the government subsidizes something it depresses the private sector version of the same thing.


19 posted on 03/20/2013 9:11:24 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: TurboZamboni

Well, gee, I’m a MN artist, why didn’t I know about this? :)


20 posted on 03/20/2013 9:34:06 AM PDT by Thorliveshere (Tais deau sá taghdedaul!)
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To: Thorliveshere

what’s your medium?

mine is large.


21 posted on 03/20/2013 9:40:52 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: TheConservator

Because the only way to stop this stuff from happening would be an armed revolt.

Ready for that?


22 posted on 03/20/2013 9:43:25 AM PDT by Dead Corpse (I will not comply.)
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To: TheConservator
“Why do the hard-working tax payers of this country permit this kind of sh*t to go on?”

Because there is so much junk added to each and every piece of legislation that nobody has a clue what is inside. Especially those actually voting on it.

All the scum care about is making sure their “lines” are included to they can give our money to whoever pays them the most.

Every once in a while, we get outrageous stories such as this but we only learn about maybe 0.0001% of the pork getting passed.

23 posted on 03/20/2013 10:03:45 AM PDT by varyouga
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