Schwarzenegger Terminates Arts Funding Increase

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has vetoed an increase in his state’s arts budget. “Last year, state funding of the California Arts Council, a state agency that gives grants to local groups, fell from $17.5 million to $1 million. Last week, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger used his line item veto power to take out what would have been a $1 million increase in arts funding by the Legislature, leaving the allocation at just over $1 million. The cuts have made the California Arts Council last in the United States in per capita funding.”