The fiscal stewardship of the Minnesota Orchestra is at the center of a case being made by union members for a better contract. Now some Minnesota lawmakers are wondering if the state was misled before granting millions to jazz up the orchestra’s performance space.
When the Minnesota Orchestra got $14 million in taxpayer funds to renovate its Minneapolis concert hall, they vouched for its financial stability at the time, citing “three balanced budgets in a row.” Now, some lawmakers want a hearing to investigate whether that was truthful.
More than a dozen House lawmakers signed on to a letter to Minnesota Orchestra management, calling for a hearing to find out if they were misled before awarding millions of dollars to the Orchestra.
The stinging letter from 14 Democratic House members raises questions about the ethics of Minnesota Orchestra management.
Background: Orchestra contract negotiations (MPR News)