Florida Contemplates Eliminating Arts Funding

Florida arts groups are barcing for the worst – that state arts funding will be eliminated. “Even in the dark days of the early 1990s, when the National Endowment for the Arts was under attack, no state government joined the chorus to eliminate arts funding within its own borders. Florida in particular was among some that increased support to compensate for the reduced role of the NEA. But that was before the economic shudders of the dot-com bust, the Sept. 11 attacks, Wall Street scandals and wars on terrorism and Iraq caused tax revenue collections to plummet.” However, “this is not an economic issue. The legislators have turned it into a policy issue.”