County asks state to back August Wilson Center

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Allegheny County Council agrees it wants the state to help out the wallowing August Wilson Center for African American Culture.

But boy, was it a struggle to get there.

At Tuesday’s council meeting, Bill Robinson, D-Hill District, submitted legislation announcing council’s support for the center and asking state legislators to lend a hand financially.

In the next breath, Mr. Robinson put forth a county capital budget proposal that included $500,000 for the center.

Most of his colleagues agreed with the first sentiment, agreeing the center is an important cultural resource. And since Mr. Robinson’s $500,000 proposal was sent to committee, the debate on that measure will come another day.

But he requested that council vote immediately on his resolution aimed at the state, a request Michael Finnerty, D-Scott, could not support, saying he hadn’t had a chance to read though all the “whereases” and such.

Mr. Robinson took this as an affront to his integrity and demanded a vote. He got one, and the motion passed, 9-4 with two abstentions.

Mr. Finnerty ended up voting yes.

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