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Brownback expresses confidence in private arts funding

August 17, 2011

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— Gov. Sam Brownback on Wednesday expressed confidence in arts funding in Kansas despite the announcement that the state lost federal matching grants because he vetoed state funding for the arts.

On Tuesday, the National Endowment for the Arts said it couldn’t provide assistance to Kansas because of Brownback’s decision to withdraw state aid to the Kansas Arts Commission. The decision probably cost Kansas about $1.2 million.

Brownback applied a line-item veto to funding the Kansas Arts Commission, essentially leaving an agency with no budget or staff. He proposed fundraising be handled by a new non-government foundation.

On Wednesday, Brownback said he wished the NEA had given Kansas more time and worked with the state.

He said private money is being raised for the arts, although he said that will take some time.

“I am pleased to see what the commission has done to date,” he said.

In the past, Kansas invested about $700,000 annually to secure $1.2 million in external grants for arts programs scattered throughout the state.

During the last legislative session, Brownback had proposed getting rid of the Arts Commission and replacing it with a private fund-raising group.

But his executive order to do that was rejected on a bipartisan vote in the Senate. Legislators in the House and Senate then approved a state budget that included $689,000 for the Arts Commission, but Brownback vetoed that funding.

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bcolley 2 years, 8 months ago

People don't understand how arts funding works. Arts organizations match private funding to state funding. Now they have to go after the same private donors that Brownback wants the arts council to go after, and the arts organizations - if they do get private donors - have no public funding to match it with.

So now the only communities that will have any kind of arts programs will be those that can kiss up to rich people or corporations (i.e. places they can get goodwill press coverage for making a donation so they don't look like evil tyrants).

And god forbid anything controversial ever happens in the arts. It will be defunded in an instant, and Kansans can sleep peacefully knowing their small view of the world will never be challenged or expanded with "liberal" ideas. Because all art is liberal, right?

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sconad 2 years, 8 months ago

maybe if we all close our eyes & pray REALLY hard, god will fund Kansas arts programs

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Kontum1972 2 years, 8 months ago

are the strip clubs in Topuka next?

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afred 2 years, 8 months ago

"Brownback expresses confidence in private parts funding"

which explains this story I caught earlier today:

http://oi51.tinypic.com/2v80pk5.jpg

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beatrice 2 years, 8 months ago

The arts are a form of education.

Will people without children have the option of opting out of paying taxes used for the education for the children of others? I'm sure some wealthy individuals who like the idea of educating children will step up to fund schools, but people without children shouldn't be paying to support the breeding habits of others.

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CrazyUkrainian1 2 years, 8 months ago

Who are the morons that voted for this jackass!?

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rhd99 2 years, 8 months ago

"On Wednesday, Brownback said he wished the NEA had given Kansas more time and worked with the state"

What kind of crap is this? He did not give any time B 4 he gutted the Arts Commission. Oh, and now he wants to with with the Feds? Sounds pretty damn wishy washy to me. No wonder the smell of pollution from Topeka filters all over the Sunflower State!

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autie 2 years, 8 months ago

Attention all Governor Brownback haters. Please be advised our Governor donated $150,000 in unspent inauguration funds to nonprofit groups, including $30,000 to the Kansas Arts Foundation

It is always easier to give away somebody else's money. It is not like it was "his" to begin with.
And what president doesn't travel like you describe? How much did it cost the taxpayers for GWB to go to Crawford and have his picture taken cutting brush? Obama downgrade? Try obstructionist tea party hacks.

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AppologiesMyLiege 2 years, 8 months ago

Liberals are emptying their pockets to save the arts. Good job Brownback for placing responsiblity onto the backs of the people that want the arts.

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rhd99 2 years, 8 months ago

Thanks, rockchalk. I'll revise a bit by saying this...Obama and Brownback are two peas in a pod. I know what many here are thinking "Why the heck would you say that?" Good question. Here's why...under the anemic leadership of these two nimrods, both our state and country are headed towards the ABYSS!!

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rockchalk1977 2 years, 8 months ago

Attention all Governor Brownback haters. Please be advised our Governor donated $150,000 in unspent inauguration funds to nonprofit groups, including $30,000 to the Kansas Arts Foundation. Brownback leads by example compared to the current occupant of the White House, President Downgrade Obama. While cash-strapped Americans are stuck at home, Obama will lead his entourage of several dozens to exclusive Martha's Vineyard island at a cost of millions to taxpayers. Technically he is paying for his estimated $50,000 a week rental of the 28-acre beachfront Blue Heron Farm in woodsy Chilmark, the dozens of U.S. Secret Service agents, communications officials, top aides, drivers, and U.S. Coast Guard personnel with him will be covered by taxpayers. All this while unemployment claims are up 408,000 this week.

The Emperor fiddles while America burns! Let them eat cake!

http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2011/jul/05/gov-brownback-donates-unspent-inauguration-funds-k/?kansas_legislature

http://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/washington-whispers/2011/08/11/obamas-vineyard-vacation-will-cost-taxpayers-millions

http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/eta/ui/current.htm

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rhd99 2 years, 8 months ago

Welcome to Brownbackistan!! Here is your host....Sam the Sham Brownback!

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2 years, 8 months ago

  • notanota and DougCounty

If you go back and look at Winston's comment, not only is he apparently obsessing about something that happened years ago, he is also painting everyone with a broad brush. I also wonder how he would feel if it were some other religious symbol; I get the feeling it wouldn't matter then.

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Jan Rolls 2 years, 8 months ago

So sam the sham tell us how much private money you have raised so far your director won't. By the way, exactly where is the first job you have created other than those for your buddies?

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Winston_Smith 2 years, 8 months ago

Good for the Governor. I'm tired of reading about how public money is used to photograph a Christian symbol being desecrated. Progressives get bent out of shape if tax money is used to create religious art yet applaud art that attacks the symbols of Christianity. I say the argument is mute if no funding is put forth for either. If you want to put a crucifix in a jar of urine and call it "art" then pay for it yourself. If you want to put a cross up in the Mojave desert pay for it yourself.

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Lana Christie-Hayes 2 years, 8 months ago

I can only pray that there will be something left of our (once) great state before this disgusting excuse of a man and governor has taken a giant wrecking ball to destroy it for good! It just makes my blood boil!!

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Alfred_W 2 years, 8 months ago

Thank goodness for the wayback machine. Here's what the KAC website said back in 2009 about economic impact of nonprofit arts: http://web.archive.org/web/20090204010252/http://arts.ks.gov/economic_impact.shtml

The Kansas Arts Commission has contracted with Americans for the Arts to conduct an economic impact study of the arts statewide. The report will be completed in February 2009.

Within the last four years, Americans for the Arts has completed four studies of the impact of the arts in Kansas communities: Lawrence, Metropolitan Kansas City, Salina and Sedgwick County).

In Salina, Kansas (population 45,676) in 2005:

Nonprofit arts generated over $23.7 million in local economic activity (spending by organizations and their audiences):

$ 11.9 million by nonprofit arts organizations $ 11.8 million in event and event-related spending by audiences The nonprofit arts support 815 full-time jobs:

Generating $12.7 million in household income to local residents Delivering more than $2 million in local and state government revenues

In Wichita, Kansas (population 354,865) in 2005:

Nonprofit arts generated over $49.1 million in local economic activity (spending by organizations and their audiences):

$27.5 million by nonprofit arts organizations $21.6 million in event and event-related spending by audiences The nonprofit arts support 814 full-time jobs:

Generating more than $20.3 million in household income to local residents Delivering 2.3 million in local and state government revenues. To learn more about the economic impact of the arts, go to Americans for the Arts.

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bobberboy 2 years, 8 months ago

Art is an expression of the inner eye they same way God is. To remove support for art is akin to removing support for religion. I think Brownback is missing the point. Time for a recall !

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autie 2 years, 8 months ago

Can anyone point to anything positive he has done? uh....uh.......(crickets) ...uh......uh....Oh (redacted)...uh...No.

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Eride 2 years, 8 months ago

To recap his term to this point... He has lost hundreds if not thousands of jobs, lost tens of millions of dollars of funding and shifted state spending burdens onto local tax payers under the guise of reducing state spending.

Can anyone point to anything positive he has done or is he really just taking a wrecking ball to the state of Kansas?

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 8 months ago

Good "Christian" art, of course. But for Sam, there's no other kind.

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Bob_Keeshan 2 years, 8 months ago

“I am pleased to see what the commission has done to date,” he said.

Well geez, that's good enough for me.

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tange 2 years, 8 months ago

"Brownback expresses confidence in private arts funding"

Brownback not only exudes confidence, he excretes it—got a world class pile of it, soon sure to have Topeka dwarfing Cawker, Oakley, and West Mineral on the tourism circuit.

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thuja 2 years, 8 months ago

Give us a break. Just say "Doh!"

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George_Braziller 2 years, 8 months ago

Brownback always did scare the hell out of me, but in less than seven months as Governor his warped logic shows he's even more out of touch with the real world than I thought.

ARCADIA — Gov. Sam Brownback on Wednesday expressed confidence in arts funding in Kansas despite the announcement that the state lost federal matching grants because he vetoed state funding for the arts.

“I am pleased to see what the commission has done to date,” he said.

And that would be what? I believe the answer is "nothing."

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antichristobserver 2 years, 8 months ago

Hey idiot christian nutcase, exactly how much private money has been raised? How much of your private, non Koch funds have you donated?

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Pastor_Bedtime 2 years, 8 months ago

Why don't you start, Sam, by donating all of the welfare you've received through farm subsidies?

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