Dear arts advocates,
Please sign this petition and encourage the Chairs of the Senate and Assembly Committees, charged with hearing arts-related bills, to support increased state arts funding. Specifically, we are requesting that Senator Jim Whelan, and Assemblyman Ralph Caputo, hear companion bills that will raise the threshold of Hotel/Motel Occupancy Fee dollars dedicated to arts, history, and tourism programs.
Both A3555, introduced by Assemblyman Troy Singleton, and S2090, introduced by Senator Jeff Van Drew, propose larger appropriations for arts, history, and tourism. As you know, the absolute minimum levels of support for these programs has been the standard for the past 7 years. Passage of this legislation will leverage private funds and increase the economic benefits and creative solutions that arts, history, and tourism promotion bring to the state of New Jersey.
Your action will let Senator Whelan and Assemblyman Caputo know that A3555 & S2090 need to be heard in committee and moved toward passage.