Archive for Monday, July 25, 2011

Brownback’s appointees now control Kansas Arts Commission

July 25, 2011


— A remaining member of the Kansas Arts Commission now controlled by Gov. Sam Brownback's appointees predicted Monday that it will be impossible for the administration to achieve its goal of retaining federal dollars after making the state the first in the nation to eliminate funding for arts programs.

The Arts Commission had been a strong critic of Brownback's push to lessen the state's role in funding arts programs and have them rely more heavily on private funds. Arts advocates contend the state will lose up to $1.2 million from the federal government and a regional arts alliance because Brownback vetoed the state commission's entire budget in late May.

But Brownback's action didn't repeal the law that created the commission and allowed the governor to appoint its 12 members. Last week, he filled six vacancies on the commission, having appointed a new chairwoman in June.

Brownback sees his veto as a cost-saving that preserves money in tight budget times for "core" government functions, such as aid to public schools, social services and public safety. But his administration isn't conceding that the move will lead the National Endowment for the Arts to cut Kansas off and redistribute federal dollars to other states.

"If Kansas tax dollars are going to be collected and re-dispersed through the NEA, then Kansas should receive its fair share," said Brownback spokeswoman Sherriene Sontag-Jones.

But commission member Henry Schwaller IV, of Hays, whose three-year term doesn't expire until 2013, noted that NEA guidelines require states to put up matching funds to receive federal dollars. He said he believes that if the state can't draft a new plan within the next month to support the arts, Kansas will be disqualified — and he doubts the commission can come through.

"We're running out of time," he said. "We're really at a very difficult point — not unexpected, just unfortunate."


Richard Heckler 4 years, 2 months ago

This is not new thinking from a D.C. politician ...

Also D.C. thinking brings eliminating all republicans that do not subscribe to Brownback thinking with those that do think like Brownback. Of course those new faces will be RINO's who represent the neoconservative christian fundamentalist party that which has never passed the ballot exercise/mandate.

How will this be achieved? With Koch family money and Wal-Mart family money.

So why shop Wal-Mart knowing you are endangering your democracy and quality of life?

4accountability 4 years, 2 months ago

Perhaps private funding can/should provide the match to recieve the federal funding. Those who wish tax dollars to go this direction can donate.

George_Braziller 4 years, 2 months ago

Doesn't work that way. NEA has very specific guidelines as to eligibility for the matching funds. Not-for-profit arts organizations can apply for funds but only if the organization has been in existence for at least one year and a very specific plan for how the funds will be used. The newly created Foundation doesn't even meet those two basic requirements.

SDTPlant 4 years, 2 months ago

Regarding 4accountability's idea that taxpayers dollars should go to match federal funding in the form of donations? If the president of "Brownbackistan" has his way, there won't be any state taxes. We'll rely instead on pie in the sky tourism dollars generated by your/his right wing cronies visits to the Timothy McVeigh Park at Milford, the Scott Roeder Park in Wichita, and the most recent addition to the park system, a new rest area along I-70 where your ideological twin parked his HazMat laden truck along the shoulder yesterday, blocking traffic for countless hours. Hey, I think we've hit upon something here. On second thought, your idea is still short sighted. And lame.

Kontum1972 4 years, 2 months ago

i am a published artist and i have never recieived any funding from th arts commission....i pay for my own projects or i have clients who donate to my projects....sometimes i give alot of my art away,,and take the write a donation....i am not a millionare but i do live good and not beyond my means.....all politcal goons are good for is ripped the masses off sending your children to war ( how many of the Gov 's kids or other religious zealots who run under the flag of christ have served our nation in the uniform?) wanna guess!


jafs 4 years, 2 months ago

Where does the money come from for their salaries, given that he has de-funded the Commission?

SDTPlant 4 years, 2 months ago


Yes, yes, and yes. The salaries that he is paying to get those appointees here are positively what must attract them. Oh, and the neovaticon ideology.

Kontum1972 4 years, 2 months ago

mb we artist 's should paint more "Last Supper"... scene's...then we can see if it changes the funding allocations.

show of paint brushes plz.

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