State Arts Spending Slipped Below Historic Trends in 90s

Arts spending by American states soared in the 1990s. But did it really? “Adjusted for inflation, state spending from taxes, fees and other state revenue sources per person increased by an average of 2.0 percent per year between 1989 and 1999. However, this is below the long-term growth trend of 2.9 percent per year from 1949 to 1999.”