Jack Nokes with the TAM reports: "There are two legislative issues relating to museums, although I am not sure that there are Web sites that clearly address them at this time.
1. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. As you may have read in numerous articles in papers around the state, TPWD is requesting funding for deferred maintenance and other critical needs. If they must take the 10% cut suggested by the LBB, the Director has said that the closure of historic sites will probably be part of the cuts package.
2. Last legislative session the Texas Historical Commission requested a pretty healthy amount last session for providing grants and technical assistance to history museums. I think the amount was $600K or so, but I'm not certain. I do not know if they will ask again for this budget item, but it will be very important to our history museum community if they go for it.