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Brown: Senate looking for other way to save MAC

OLYMPIA — Fans of Spokane's Museum of Arts and Culture who were cheered by news the House may tap a special fund to keep the MAC open should be warned: The Senate isn't wild about the idea.

As reported Thursday, the House has a new bill that would take money from a fund set up build a Heritage Center in Olympia to keep open the MAC and the State History Museum in Tacoma. A hearing on the bill is scheduled for 8 a.m. next Thursday in the House State Government Committee.

But Senate Majority Lisa Brown, whose district includes the MAC, said Friday if the bill gets out of the House it could run into trouble in the Senate: “We want to come up with a source of funding. We don't want to go down that road.”

The Senate hopes to find money for the MAC and the Tacoma museum in the general operating fund budget, Brown said.

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Jim Camden is a veteran political reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Jonathan Brunt is an enterprise reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Kip Hill is a general assignments reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Nick Deshais covers Spokane City Hall for The Spokesman-Review.

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