- The Arizona historical society terminates on July 1, 2014
- A is repealed on January 1, 2015
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
The end of the Arizona Historical Society subsidy?
Some time ago, the Arizona legislature did a smart thing (for once!). They passed a “sunset” bill with expiration dates for state agencies. If a sunset review did not determine that a given agency had continuing value, and it was not thereby reestablished, it would cease to exist.
Then, they did a dumb thing. They passed another bill stating that if they do not do the review (do not do their job), then the agency will be automatically reestablished 18 months after it expires (slothfulness rewards incompetence).
Anyhow, Arizona Revised Statute 41-3014.01 currently states the following:
So, the AHS should have a sunset review before July 1, 2014. That will include input from the upcoming performance audit described in yesterdays post. If there is a sunset review, the score the reviewers will see will most likely be (based on prior posts of Nov 5th, Jan 1st, and Jan 10th) as follows:
STRIKE ONE: The Marley Center Museum in Papago Park (Tempe)
STRIKE TWO: The Arizona History Museum at Rio Nuevo (Tucson)
STRIKE THREE: The 5C Arizona Centennial Museum (Phoenix)
Will the legislature then display the courage and common sense required to end the multimillion dollar annual taxpayer subsidy of the AHS?