Governor Pulls the Plug
At the cost of jobs, commerce, and culture
Republican Governor moved to eliminate state funding and privatize
Kansas State Arts. With the stroke of Sam Brownback's pen the Kansas
Arts Commission has literally been stripped clean of monetary support,
manpower, and operational space.
Public services have long been a target of Republicans, and in Kansas,
art was the first to go. Others on the block are harder pills to
swallow, and include social programs for seniors, public broadcasting,
and the EPA.
Supporting his decision, Brownback pointed his finger towards Vermont as
a prime example of a state running with privatized arts funding, but
was proved false in an anser from Vermont's Arts Council Executive
Director. Funding goes into the arts but comes out too; in Kansas alone
over 4,500 arts and culture positions and account for just over $95
million in income to state residents and provides $15.6 million in state
Full story at LA Times.