MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — It’s been nearly 13 months since the lockout began at the Minnesota Orchestra, and now some leaders are calling for state aid to settle the dispute.
They include former Minnesota governor Arne Carlson, who says the orchestra is a valued community asset that should get the same attention as the Vikings stadium.READ MORE: COVID In Minnesota: 3 Deaths, 882 New Cases Reported; 52% Of Minnesotans 16 And Older Are Fully Vaccinated
The orchestra faces a $6 million deficit.
In addition to the call for state assistance, there’s also a push to make the Minnesota Orchestra community-owned much like the Green Bay Packers.READ MORE: Teen Falls 5 Stories In Fruen Mill, Seriously Injured
Minnesota Rep. Phyllis Kahn of Minneapolis says her bill, allowing citizens to own stock in the orchestra, would be a starting point in the dialogue.
“The purpose of a bill is that you get people talking about it,” Kahn said. “So they talk about what the structure should be. One of the things we thought about is we wanted to have a broad community ownership.”
Kahn says she’ll introduce her bill when the legislature convenes in February.MORE NEWS: 'Absolutely Check Your Policies': Breezy Point Couple Learns COVID's Effect On Insurance The Hard Way
Fellow Minneapolis Democrat Scott Dibble will co-author the bill in the Senate.