Tulsans urge lawmakers for money for OK POP

May 18, 2012


There’s just one week left in the legislative session, and Tulsa leaders hope lawmakers will turn their attention to the prospective Oklahoma Museum of Popular Culture.

With a budget agreement reached, lawmakers will turn their attention to a few bond issues, one of which is worth $42.5 million, and would provide the necessary funding to start construction of the museum.

The City of Tulsa announced today that it will provide more than $3 million in matching funds if the bond issue is approved. That money would go to constructing a parking garage in the Brady District.

The Bank of Oklahoma will donate the land for the museum in the District. The George Kaiser Family Foundation has pledged $1 million of its own matching funds.

Tulsa Metro Chamber President and CEO Mike Neal says this effort has been underway for about three years. The Chamber hosted a press conference today to urge lawmakers to approve the bond issue.

“We don’t really have a plan B,” Neal said. “Our plan is to have the legislature approve it this session, next week.”

Listen here to City Councilors Blake Ewing and Phil Lakin speak about the importance of  OK POP to downtown Tulsa.