Sunday, February 20, 2011

Cutting the KS Arts Commission could cost more than it saves

Could salvaging $600,000 from the demise of the KS Arts Commission really help Governor Sam Brownback attack the state’s $450-500 million deficit this year, or could it end up costing the state even more?

Despite support from the House Appropriations Committee earlier this week, several Senators on the Topeka hill take issue with abolishing the commission.  The prime argument they are touting is the possible loss of $1.2 million in matching grants supplied annually b the National Endowment for the Arts and the Mid-American Arts Alliance.

The Lawrence-Journal World reports Kansas unemployment could face another surge if the commission is dissolved.  The Kansas Arts Commission claims the state’s nonprofit arts and cultural sector makes for a $153.5 million industry, which supports 4,000 full-time equivalent jobs.

Original editorial published on the By J-W Editorials, February 20, 2011

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