Bush Proposes NEA Boost

“President Bush will seek a big increase in the budget of the National Endowment for the Arts, the largest single source of support for the arts in the United States, administration officials said on Wednesday. The proposal is part of a turnaround for the agency, which was once fighting for its life, attacked by some Republicans as a threat to the nation’s moral standards.” The president’s proposal is for a hike of $15 million to $20 million in the fiscal year beginning in October 2004.