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Centerville 1 year, 5 months ago

So, now even $58,000 in taxpayer money is beneath contempt when it comes to funding the local art bureaucracy. Here's my conceptual art idea for what to do with that insultingly small amount of money: Change it all into $100 bills, set up a table downtown, and give $100 to the first 580 people who show proof with their 2103 Kansas Income Tax forms that they paid into it. Cost to taxpayer: Zero, which makes it an even more worthy project.

Centerville 1 year, 5 months ago

$58,000 is a lot of money but, not enough, apparently, to keep the government-run art industry from whining. Maybe this editorial is some sort of wacky conceptual art piece.

Richard Heckler 1 year, 5 months ago

The Brownback political campaign is under way. Keep that in mind.

TalkSense 1 year, 5 months ago

Centerville doesn't understand. The intentional and short-sighted destruction of the Kansas Arts Commission is a tragedy primarily for the many small-town arts-related groups for whom even a modest state grant had a major impact. I'm not worried about the arts in Lawrence. We have many groups that have access to long lists of generous donors, active volunteers, KU resources, city funding, and other assets. The already struggling small towns that dot the Kansas landscape have almost none of that and their tiny arts-related groups are likely to dry up and disappear. The Kansas Arts Commission - whose budget was never extravagant - leveraged modest local resources strategically to enhance the economic impact of the arts as well as the quality of life throughout Kansas. All of that is now gone and may be impossible to rebuild.

konzahawk 1 year, 5 months ago

You could have stopped after your first sentence, "Centerville doesn't understand."

frank mcguinness 1 year, 5 months ago

I agree BUT why are conservatives up in arms when government programs lose money but then they want to eliminate programs that MAKE money. It make no sense to me that the state should eliminate any programs that make money for itself and it's businesses and therefore reduce the overall tax burden for us citizens. Don't you see it cost you and me more in tax dollars because we now have to subsidize programs that were paid for by this great business opportunity. Got it?

frank mcguinness 1 year, 5 months ago

Why is this so hard for people to understand? I will make this as simple as possible to understand.
Kansas spends: 2 Million dollars on Arts. Kansas Economy receives: 153 Million dollars in the economy. Kansas taxes earnings at lets say 5%: 7.65 Million Dollars in revenue. So here is the results...... The state spends 2 million to make 7.65 Million and the rest of Kansas businesses get 145 Million. I am not sure that even drug dealers get that kind of return on investments.
Why is this a bad thing again?

Centerville 1 year, 5 months ago

"The Kansas Arts Commission - whose budget was never extravagant - leveraged modest local resources strategically to enhance the economic impact of the arts as well as the quality of life throughout Kansas," said the application for more of Kansans' hard-earned money.

asixbury 1 year, 5 months ago

Birger Sandzen had the support of the local community, Lindsborg, backing him...so your arguement is invalid. The arts funding, as it was before Brownback destroyed it, did not cost the average taxpayer much at all...about $0.25 a year by a study shown on this website back when it was destroyed.

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