February 4, 2010

Governor’s Mid-Term Budget Adjustment Proposal Calls for Drastic Cuts to the Arts

On February 3, 2010 Governor Rell released her mid-term Budget. In light of the state’s growing deficit, she has proposed further cuts to the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism for the second year of the biennial budget.

Culture, Tourism and Arts Grants would be cut by $785,292 to $1,214,708 and Basic Cultural Resources Grants by $600,000 to $900,000. Arts and culture organizations with line item grants would be cut by an additional 60%.

TOTAL LOSSES IN ARTS, HISTORY, AND TOURISM FUNDING WOULD BE $5,777,973.

These proposed cuts come on top of substantial cuts to the Commission’s FY10 budget, when the Commission sustained cuts of 38%.

To see the proposal for the Commission on Culture & Tourism, click here and look for Section C Proposed Appropriations and then Conservation & Development pages C-7 & C-8. Click here for info on how to voice your opposition to further cuts.

Author: Connecticut Arts Alliance

The Connecticut Arts Alliance (CAA) was founded in 2005 as an advocacy organization to ensure that the arts remain central to life in Connecticut. The organization strives to promote and underscore the value of all achievements of the arts industry and all of the ways in which the arts improve daily life for residents of the State. Among its most visible programs are assisting with workshops for the annual Connecticut Arts Day at the Capitol organized by the Connecticut Office of the Arts, and providing advocacy guidance and resources in concert with the Office of the Arts and regional arts service organizations. The organization works to foster public education and awareness of the arts, to increase funding for the arts, and to influence public funding decisions and actions that affect the arts.