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Slashing the Budget- Republican Plan to End Federal Arts, Humanities, and Public Broadcasting

Posted By Administration, Thursday, December 22, 2011
Updated: Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The Republican Study Committee announces plans to eliminate nations leading arts grants.

Made of about 165 House members, the Republican Study Committee plans to end the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities as well as the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The NEA fought to stay alive in 1995 and suffered a cut of almost 40%, forcing nearly all individual artists grants to be eliminated. When inflation is considered, the NEA's purchasing power fell to almost $60 million less annually than the last culture battle in the 90's.

The art-choaking Spending Reduction Act of 2011 lays out reductions of federal spending by $2.5 trillion over 10 years; current culture spending is a measly $1.6 billion a year. Cultural "giants" in Washington not to be cut include Smithsonian Institution ($761.4 million), Institute of Museum and Library Services ($282.3 million), National Gallery of Art ($167 million) and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (about $20 million).

We can hope that if investment in cultural enrichment is not a factor in the minds of the GOP that perhaps the 5.7 million jobs and annual tax returns of $30 billion to all levels of government will be considered.

For more on this story visit the LA Times.

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