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N.C. history museum seeks Raleigh, Wake funds

Posted August 17, 2009

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— The North Carolina Museum of History has asked Raleigh and Wake County officials for $3 million in hotel and restaurant taxes to help pay for a new exhibit.

The $15 million "History of North Carolina" exhibit would focus on aspects of the state's role in events like the Revolutionary War and the Great Depression and fields like aviation and tobacco cultivation.

The museum has already received state money for the project and has raised money from donations.

Museum officials argue that the museum is a strong economic engine downtown and that investment by local government would be paid back as more and more people visit. Nearly 330,000 people visit the history museum every year.

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  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Aug 18, 2009

    "I would like to read the business plan from the Museum of History (MOH) before I make an opinion on this subject. - treet007"

    You're kidding right. A state run agency with a business plan? Ya right.

    The business plan of the state and it's agencies is to waste as much tax money as possible while raising taxes as high was possible.

  • jse830fcnawa030klgmvnnaw+ Aug 18, 2009

    I would like to read the business plan from the Museum of History (MOH) before I make an opinion on this subject. I'm sure there are some projections on revenue-generation for the local economy due to the exhibit, and MOH needs some funding upfront to make the whole thing happen.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Aug 18, 2009

    This is a state owned and operated museum. No local funds from Raleigh or Wake County should be misappropriated to fund it.

    If they would stop payment on all of the golden parachutes in the Mary Easley scandal, they would have more than enough to fund the museum.

  • 27615 Aug 18, 2009

    Money for a museum.........NOW???? not a priority!!!! period

  • R_U_breakdance fighting Aug 18, 2009

    Ask Easley to pay back the funds wasted for her trip to Europe.

  • no contest Aug 18, 2009

    I am a business owner and I would like the government to hand out some free money to me. If you cannot make a profit and survive on your own product then close up shop. I've got employess and bills to pay and I've never been late or bounced a check, ever. I don't get free money so why should you? Don't like it? Get over it and work harder!

  • sayruh23 Aug 18, 2009

    museums are great and all, but seriously, do they not realize the state's a little strapped for cash right now? if they can't get funding from private donations, then let it go.

  • nufsaid Aug 18, 2009

    "I would rather see the money go to schools so that teachers won't have to be laid off.
    Space Mountain"

    How about taking a look at cutting the school administration and other costs that don't have anything to do with classroom teachers?

  • Space Mountain Aug 18, 2009

    I actually enjoy going to museums, but I think when the economy is bad like it is now, it is best to stop funding for things like museums and parks until the economy gets better. I would rather see the money go to schools so that teachers won't have to be laid off.

  • nufsaid Aug 18, 2009

    "I think the museum is a vital part of our state and needs to be supported. Longshanks"

    Send them a check.

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