Sen. White bill seeks to rescue arts and cultural programs from chopping block
Sen. Scott White, who represents the 46th District, which serves Maple Leaf, sent out a press release yesterday about his an Sen. Ed Murray’s work to rescue funding for arts and cultural programs.
Their bill, Senate Bill 5834, passed the Senate floor yesterday in a bipartisan vote of 33 to 8. It now goes to the House.
SB 5834 will redirect King County’s hotel/motel tax from debt service on the Kingdome stadium. An amendment sponsored by Sen. White would also direct at least 37.5 percent of the hotel/motel tax revenue to fund construction of workforce housing beginning in 2021. White’s amendment would also allow any remaining funds from the tax to be used for tourism related purposes that attract visitors to the county.
“Our vibrant arts community helps make Seattle and King County one of the most desirable places to live in the country,” White said. “The passage of this legislation will ensure that we preserve these community assets for future generations and continue to enjoy the economic impacts the arts generate in our local economy.”