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Bell Museum & Planetarium...Needing Support from Educators.

posted on 10:09 AM, May 8, 2014

It’s crunch time for the Bell Museum + Planetarium. Right now the project is in the House bonding bill but not in the Senate version released this AM. The leadership is discussing options for adding it to an update version of the Senate bill, BUT it’s also clear they need to here from citizens

Please contact the following people – and if you can only make one or two calls, this is the priority (Phone calls are best .  . more of a guarantee that they will hear you right away; even leaving a message is better than email right now): A simple: "I support bonding for the Bell Museum and Planetarium."  

1. Governor Dayton

To reach the Governor

Telephone: 651-201-3400 

Toll Free: 800-657-3717

click here:  https://mn.gov/governor/contact-us/

 

2. House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt (R) 651-296-5364 rep.kurt.daudt@house.mn

 

3. Senate Minority Leader David Hann, R, 651-296 1749www.senate.mn/senatorhannemail

 

4. Speaker of the House, Paul Thissen DFL, 651-296-5375rep.paul.thissen@house.mn

 

5. Senate  Majority Leader Thomas Bakk DFL 651-296-8881  www.senate.mn/senatorbakkemail

 

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Below is more info if you care to read the message that went out to the Bell Board.

 

Subject: URGENT REQUEST: Need you to make phone calls in the next 24-48 hours!  We would like to generate 100+ phone calls to key legislators

Board Members and Staff and Advocates,

Unfortunately we learned this morning that the Bell Museum and Planetarium IS NOT included in the Senate Bonding Bill.  Although we are extremely disappointed it’s not over until it is over!  Discussions continue between the Governor’s Office and the House and Senate leadership.  We have a three-fold strategy in the next few hours:

One of our key challenges is that some legislators are arguing against the new facility project – they are characterizing the museum “as a want, not a need” and as an institution that “only” serves the Twin Cities metro.

We need your voice to be heard by these project nay-sayers. Now. And loudly.

Please contact the following people {listed above} – and if you can only make one or two calls, this is the priority (Phone calls are best .  . more of a guarantee that they will hear you right away; even leaving a message is better than email right now):

Make these 4 points:

Minnesota Needs a New Bell Museum and Planetarium because:

1. STEM education and closing the achievement gap cannot wait another two years – an estimated 350,000 Twin Cities area jobs require STEM education, and that number will grow.  Our award-winning youth education programs have been shown to close the achievement gap!

2. We are Minnesota-centric, not metro-centric. The Bell Museum and Planetarium has a state-wide impact on K12 education through our MNSCU planetarium network, our Minnesota History of the Land Videos, our traveling exhibits and High School Curriculum, and environmental residency programs.

3. We are turning away over 4,000 students annually because the school groups are too large for our current building. We no longer host the annual Beekeepers conference because it outgrew our capacity. The recent rains soaked our basement and damaged our roof. It will cost over $20 million dollars just to fix the current facility – but fixing the roof, the basement, and the cooling/heating systems won’t increase the number of youth and adults we can serve.

4. Minnesota’s museums serve more than twice as many visitors each year as our sports stadiums, and are a keystone of the science education which will build the next generation of our state’s highly educated workforce.

Thank you!!!
Lee Pfannmuller
Bell Advisory Board