Armenian American Museum Representatives Meet with Assembly Speaker Rendon Regarding $5 Million Earmark in State Budget

Representatives of the Armenian American Museum met with California State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D- Paramount) and Assembly Member Adrin Nazarian (D-Sherman Oaks) on Friday, May 27, 2016 to thank them for including a $5 million earmark for the Armenian American Museum in the Assembly proposed version of the 2016 – 2017 State Budget and urge them to persuade the Conference Committee to include the funding in the compromise budget that will be considered by the State Legislature before June 15, 2016.

The Conference Committee consisting of 3 members from the State Assembly and 3 members from the State Senate will start negotiations this week on resolving the differences between the Assembly and Senate proposed versions of the 2016 – 2017 State Budget. Since the earmark for the Armenian American Museum was only included in the Assembly proposal, the Conference Committee will decide on including or removing it from the budget to be considered by both houses of the Legislature.

If the $5 million earmark is included in the budget approved by the Legislature, it will require the approval of the Governor by July 1. The Governor has the authority to retain the earmark or remove it by veto.

“We are very grateful to Assembly Member Adrin Nazarian, Assembly Budget Chair Phil Ting, and the Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon for including the $5 million earmark in the budget,” stated the Co-Chair of the Armenian American Museum Governing Board Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian.

The Co-Chair of the Governing Board Archbishop Hovnan Derderian added that they are working closely with the Armenian National Committee of America – Western Region, the Armenian Rights Council, the Armenian Council of America, and the Southern California Armenian Democrats to include the funding in the budget and gain the Governor’s approval.

The museum is patterned after Los Angeles County museums that combine the lessons and experiences of a specific group of residents with the vision of preventing discrimination and improving collaboration between all citizens of the County.
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