Today, I vetoed Senate Bill 1200. Although I commend the work of he bill’s sponsor, we must evaluate the use of state buildings holistically, rather than individually. At this point, there is not a plan or organized structure in place to ensure the successful transition of the mining and mineral museum. While I appreciate the desire to preserve and celebrate the unique characteristics of Arizona’s past, it would be premature to sign the legislation at this time.
Saturday, April 11, 2015
Interpreting the veto letter
The text of the letter announcing the veto of SB1200 is as follows:
How is this brief message to be interpreted ?
“holistically rather than individually”: exactly what does that mean?
“there is not a plan”: actually, there was (or is). The plan is to recover the mineral museum assets that the AHS unlawfully scattered across the state, reassemble the mineral museum, and restore the K-12 education programs. The mineral museum will then quickly become one of Arizona’s top rated museums again. A tremendous amount of volunteer labor will be required, but a elaborate plan is not needed.
“there is not ------organized structure”: Does this perhaps indicate that the new Governor is not familiar with the mission and outstanding performance of the Arizona Geological Survey? What further organization is required? Furthermore, as indicated by past performance, AZGS staff and volunteers have museum management expertise that is obviously superior to that of the AHS.
“preserve ---characteristics of Arizona’s past”: is our new Governor perhaps not aware of the multiple functions that the mineral museum provided? Yes, it preserved a unique part of our states heritage. However, it also preserved irreplaceable mineral specimens and supporting scientific data for researchers, and provided badly needed educational programs for both teachers and students.
It will take some time for the new Governor to complete the transition to his new administration. However, when major affairs of state government have been addressed, perhaps there is a serious need for the AZGS to brief the new Governor on the roles of the AZGS, the former Arizona Department of Mines and Mineral Resources, and the mineral museum. Perhaps future communication between the AZGS and Arizona’s new Governor will eventually answer the questions posed above.
Hopefully, that will happen well before the end of 2015. Students and teachers need the restoration of the mineral museum’s K-12 earth science education programs to be restored an soon as possible.