March 29, 2012
Appropriations Committee Releases Budget
The Appropriations Committeeâ€™s Budget includes full restoration of Arts & Culture line item Grants, which were previously reduced or eliminated in the Governorâ€™s Budget. The Committee combines the two grant accounts, Basic Cultural Resources and Culture, Tourism, and Arts grants into one with funding of $2,000,000 (a total reduction of about $1 million). The Committeeâ€™s budget does include a reduction to the Statewide Marketing line item, of $12,289,982 (approximately 50%). In addition, the Committee recommends the transfer of funds for the Connecticut Humanities Council, from the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) to the Connecticut State Library (total transfer of $2,272,633).