Taxing Sports To Pay For The Arts?

Michigan is hoping to restore the 50% of state arts funding that was cut from last year’s budget with an unprecedented per-ticket tax on sports and entertainment events. Despite the financial difficulties faced by many of Michigan’s arts groups, the state ranks sixth in the nation in arts funding, and the new tax would bump it up to second. But the proposal faces a tough road ahead in the conservative state legislature, and the governor has yet to even take a position.