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Arts, Schmarts - Who Needs the Arts?

PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2009 9:28 pm
by Mr.Johnson
Arts Advocacy Alert: Proposed State Budget Slashes Arts Funding

Governor's Budget Slashes the Arts by 50%
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Governor Mitch Daniels's proposed budget, submitted to the State Legislature in early January, cuts the budget of the Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) by fifty percent, or $2 million per year, for the next two years.

This 50% cut would drop per state capita spending on the arts to approximately 32¢ per citizen (the national average is $1.18). Already ranked 37th nationally, this cut would put Indiana in a dismal 48th place out of 50.

Yes, Indiana is facing a serious revenue shortfall. However -- the average cut for state agencies in the Governor's budget is only eight percent.
I disagree with the Governor on this one. Tell me we are not as backwards as this proposal suggests. With multiple school programming cutbacks, elimination of after-school programs coupled with the general dumbing down of our students this is a terrible decision. What say you?

Re: Arts, Schmarts - Who Needs the Arts?

PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2009 12:38 am
by JC2
No to fear the "stimulate" bill has 50 million it for the arts. Could be shrewd move to get back from DC money due to our budget cut. Not sure how that stimulates the economy and creates jobs.......

Re: Arts, Schmarts - Who Needs the Arts?

PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2009 8:18 am
by bob_rx2000
Hey - maybe we could get Uncle Sap to pay for the cement garden of alleged art being built downtown...