Okla. Senate unveils $80M plan for 2 new museums

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Associated Press

Posted on May 17, 2013 at 5:04 AM

Updated Friday, May 17 at 5:04 AM

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Senate has unveiled a new plan to divert $80 million in sales and use taxes to pay for the completion of an American Indian museum in Oklahoma City and build a new popular culture museum in Tulsa.

A Senate budget committee late Thursday approved both measures, which next must be considered by a similar committee in the House, where the proposals are likely to face strong resistance.

The first bill would divert $40 million in use taxes during the next four years to complete the unfinished Native American Cultural Center and Museum along the Oklahoma River near downtown Oklahoma City.

The second would divert $40 million in sales taxes to construct the OKPOP museum, a planned four-story building to be located in the Brady Arts District of Tulsa.

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