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When the administration of Kansas' Republican Governor, Sam Brownback, laid off the staff of the state's Arts Commission earlier this month, citing a "lack of funding," despite a clearly-stated plan on the part of the Republican-controlled legislature to fund the agency, lots of folks predicted what would happen next.
Or, more precisely what just happened.
Governor Brownback signed the state budget bill over the weekend, and he made use of his line-item veto pen to eliminate funding for the Kansas Arts Commission. Essentially the governor eliminated the agency by eliminating its funding. He tried to eliminate the Arts Commission by executive order back in February but the order was overruled by a Senate vote the following month.
i know of quite a few galleries around that have lost govt funding lately - and it's caused their spaces to become a lot more enjoyable, varied, and showcasing a lot more local talent. the private sector is taking a lot more interest and so on.
It bothers me that funding on this has to be cut - but if there are more important issues such as schools, medical funding, roads, police, welfare etc etc... ... then so be it... yes?
The article doesn't even touch on why... it just mentions that it did pass in a repubby controlled legislature... //nice reporting, msnbc
As I understand it, there is a 500mil budget shortfall. Cutting this saves about 600k a year, which equals a .12% savings.
The other problem is that without any tangible arts commission, the state will no longer qualify for the federal money earmarked to support state arts initiatives.
America needs to build more bombs and start a few more wars...
Cut off welfare, put extra money into arts funding.
Cut off corporate hand outs and military... fund the damn country for once.
Does anyone mention the approx. $20 BILLION PER MONTH that is spent on our absurd wars??
Pinching pennies and sacrificing our youth and future is so f*cking stupid it really turns my stomach. I am so tired of both parties avoidance tactics (particularly the R's, as they clearly care for nothing but the wealthy and be elected).
Cutting this kind of funding has dire effects on education, and society at large. Kids grow up relatively ignorant of the various disciplines, so, they become adults with little since of urgency to learn more.
Then they have kids... repeat.