Debating NY Arts Cuts

New York Gov. George Pataki proposes cutting the state’s arts budget as part of a series of cuts of the state budget. “He wants to trim the grants to arts organizations by 15 percent, from about $44.4 million to $37.8 million. But critics want far deeper cuts. The grants totaled more than $50 million a decade ago but have ebbed and flowed with the state’s economy. New York spent more than any other state on the arts last year, according to the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies.”