Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Wisconsin Budget Panel Votes To Cut Arts Funding 66 Percent (Dems: "cynical attack on the arts")
Channel 3000 ^ | May 5, 2011

Posted on 05/06/2011 8:32:36 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

MADISON, Wis. -- The Legislature's budget-writing committee has voted to cut state funding for the arts by 66 percent.

Gov. Scott Walker had proposed cutting funding for the Wisconsin Arts Board by 73 percent. The Joint Finance Committee voted Thursday to restore about $350,000 of the cut with taxpayer money if federal matching funds are available.

Total money for the arts would drop from $1.6 million a year to $535,000.

The committee also agreed with Walker's recommendation that the independent board be made a part of the state Tourism Department.

Democrats railed against the proposal, saying there was no justification for the deep cut. Sen. Bob Jauch of Poplar called it a "cynical attack on the arts."

(Excerpt) Read more at channel3000.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Extended News; Government
KEYWORDS: arts; budget; walker; wisconsin; wisconsinshowdown
The states (especially Wisconsin) are setting the pace of fiscal reform.
1 posted on 05/06/2011 8:32:44 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Cincinatus' Wife

There is no money. None.

That means a lot of sacred cows will be made into burger on both sides of the isle. Including defense spending.


2 posted on 05/06/2011 8:33:44 AM PDT by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Cincinatus' Wife

Let’s hope they get that liberal idiot Garrison Keiler


3 posted on 05/06/2011 8:33:44 AM PDT by caver (Obama: Home of the Whopper)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Cincinatus' Wife

I would rather they cut 100 percent to the arts programs. That is an extracurricular activity and should be paid by the parents.....same as the sports too.


4 posted on 05/06/2011 8:34:49 AM PDT by napscoordinator
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Cincinatus' Wife

Democratic DisneyLand politics.....


5 posted on 05/06/2011 8:35:25 AM PDT by mo ("If you understand, no explanation is needed; if you do not, no explanation is possible")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: caver

he’s in neighboring Minnesota...


6 posted on 05/06/2011 8:36:02 AM PDT by stefanbatory (Insert witty tagline here)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: napscoordinator

The libs that are hollering could form a tax-free charity to get voluntary contributions for “the arts”...


7 posted on 05/06/2011 8:37:32 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: stefanbatory

I was close!


8 posted on 05/06/2011 8:39:29 AM PDT by caver (Obama: Home of the Whopper)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: Cincinatus' Wife

How will this affect the Art Therapy at the prisons?


9 posted on 05/06/2011 8:40:51 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: napscoordinator

More likely, it’s funding public “art”. Mostly crapola.


10 posted on 05/06/2011 8:41:54 AM PDT by pingman (You can lead a liberal to logic, but you can't make them think.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: MrB
The libs that are hollering could form a tax-free charity to get voluntary contributions for “the arts”...

Don't be absurd.

That's what overburdened taxpayers in a debt-laden state are for...

11 posted on 05/06/2011 8:42:27 AM PDT by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: napscoordinator

They’re talking about atrocious public sculptures and other rot.


12 posted on 05/06/2011 8:44:27 AM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture (Could be worst in 40 years))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: blueunicorn6; All

http://www.facebook.com/notes/arts-wisconsin/update-joint-finance-committee-actions-re-wisconsin-arts-boards-2011-2013-budget/10150209715591096

“.....What does this mean?

* The Arts Board will transfer to the Department of Tourism as of the start of the new fiscal year, 7-1-2011.

* The Board will retain the ability to hire/fire its Executive Director, giving it a measure of independence within the Department of tourism.

* After 30+ years, the Percent-for-Art program will cease to function as of 7-1-2011. It’s unclear what will happen to the several projects already in process.

* 4 program administrators will be retained as staff to the Arts Board. Six staff members will lose their jobs with the Arts Board.

* There will be additional monies available for grants and services - the potential of $350,000 additional funds annually provided by the state and by the National Endowment for the Arts....”


13 posted on 05/06/2011 8:45:42 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: Flycatcher

The other day, one of my youngins snatched something from another child. I told her that she should have asked. She said “I would have, but I knew she wouldn’t give it to me if I just asked.”

I told her that with that attitude, she’d grow up to be a democrat.

She looked at me in horror and said “I’ll NEVER do that!”


14 posted on 05/06/2011 8:46:01 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: steve86; napscoordinator

That’s what I thought as well.

There’s a big difference between “art programs” (in schools) and “the arts” which are basically funding crap that people won’t pay for voluntarily.


15 posted on 05/06/2011 8:47:09 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: All

If the Republicans would expose “the arts” and make the public aware of the garbage they are paying for, this is a win for Pubs....


16 posted on 05/06/2011 8:48:16 AM PDT by Maverick68
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: Cincinatus' Wife

The government had no Constitutional authority to fund the arts to begin with.


17 posted on 05/06/2011 8:48:29 AM PDT by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: MrB
Lol!

Sounds like you're raising her right. Congrats!

18 posted on 05/06/2011 8:51:54 AM PDT by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: TexasRepublic

Now that’s the real truth of the matter. Just where in Wisconsin State Constitution does it say that it’s the government’s responsibility to “fund the Arts?” From the look of things, I’d have to say that the Legislature actually let Governor Walker down by adding back some of the cut funding.


19 posted on 05/06/2011 9:01:28 AM PDT by vette6387 (Enough Already!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: Maverick68

I agree. GOP should put more publicity into what our money is going for. They should say that, because we put money into crap like that, we risk having old people not be fed or get their medicines. Would you rather that Grandma can LIVE or that we spend $250,000 on some junk sculpture piece to go downtown where the birds will crap on it, causing it to need to be refinished 3 years from now?


20 posted on 05/06/2011 9:02:32 AM PDT by NEMDF
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: redgolum

US deficit 1.6 trillion of which 90 billion per month is spent on war in Iraq and Afghanistan. That is about 1 trillion out of the 1.6 trillion deficit. Repeal Obamacare and we will squeeze out another 300 billion. That leaves about 300 billion that must be cut. I leave it to other freepers to comment on how that can be done. Trump actually proposed a one time 14.5 percent tax on wealth (not income) of individuals worth 10 or more million dollars. He figures that will raise about 5 trillion and use it to pay down the existing debt. That will save another 200 to 300 billion in annual interest payments to service the debts. These one time acts would eliminate most of the 1.6 trillion annual debts.


21 posted on 05/06/2011 9:04:48 AM PDT by Fee
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Cincinatus' Wife
If we could get the government out of the art business, it would help the art situation overall.

The 50s were arguably the high water mark of American musicianship. I don't think Bud Powell was government approved.

Right now government approved music is sucking all the air out of the room.

22 posted on 05/06/2011 9:04:58 AM PDT by HIDEK6
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: redgolum

US deficit 1.6 trillion of which 90 billion per month is spent on war in Iraq and Afghanistan. That is about 1 trillion out of the 1.6 trillion deficit. Repeal Obamacare and we will squeeze out another 300 billion. That leaves about 300 billion that must be cut. I leave it to other freepers to comment on how that can be done. Trump actually proposed a one time 14.5 percent tax on wealth (not income) of individuals worth 10 or more million dollars. He figures that will raise about 5 trillion and use it to pay down the existing debt. That will save another 200 to 300 billion in annual interest payments to service the debts. These one time acts would eliminate most of the 1.6 trillion annual debts.


23 posted on 05/06/2011 9:04:58 AM PDT by Fee
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]



Free Republic Will Be In Serious Trouble
Without Your Donations


Sponsoring FReepers leapfrog0202 and another person will contribute $10
Each time a new monthly donor signs up!
Get more bang for your buck
Sign up today

Artificial Intelligence Lazamataz is fading fast.

24 posted on 05/06/2011 9:18:17 AM PDT by TheOldLady
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Cincinatus' Wife

Less money for “Piss Christ” and other taxpayer funded democrat party icons.

A cultural outrage!


25 posted on 05/06/2011 9:20:27 AM PDT by FormerACLUmember (When the past no longer illuminates the future, the spirit walks in darkness.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Fee
I believe your figures are off. I found this regarding the Iraq War costs. Granted, it is Iraq, not Iraq and Afghanistan, but $1T/year isn't right.

"The CBO figures show that the most expensive year of the Iraq war was in 2008, the year when the surge proposed by Gen. David Petraeus and approved by President Bush was in full swing and the turning point in the war. The total cost of Iraq operations in 2008 was $140 billion. In 2007, the cost of Iraq operations was $124 billion. "

Not sure how to link it, but the article was here:
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/08/30/cbo-years-iraq-war-cost-stimulus-act/

26 posted on 05/06/2011 9:22:15 AM PDT by tnlibertarian (Hey D. C., tax increases are not spending cuts. Nor do tax cuts constitute increased spending.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 23 | View Replies]

To: caver

he’s here in MN...no chance of that happening .

MPR will be funded even if grandma had to starve.


27 posted on 05/06/2011 9:42:35 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: MrB

They already do that.

The majority of the money goes to the already well-endowed subscription institutions such as the museums, symphonies, opera, dance companies. Only one or two small grants in the $5k range go to individuals in each arts category. Most of these artists could self-fund their projects with a part-time, minimum wage job or a summer of fairly successful art fairs.

The Peer Review Committee is normally composed of the wives of politicians and wealthy donors who are active in fundraising for the institutional arts or who run galleries. Rarely is there a working artist on the committee and even more rarely is it an artist who actually runs a profitable, tax-paying art-related business.

Percent for Art simply inflates the cost of any new public building. Even then, in the past when I have known recipients (mostly blacksmiths and sculptors), the grants, while nominally large, barely cover the working costs of the installation and simply keeps the studio alive for a year or two. The grants do provide a resume boost to the artist and often will allow them to get an edge in bidding for private commissions, mostly through the networking via awards dinners and other institutional arts events. Prestigious gallery shows can be another result.

Placing the Arts Board under Tourism is also going to be a bitter pill for the Arts Board staffers to swallow. I haven’t kept up with the funds directly under Board control, but, in the past, it allowed them to have influence in regional arts organizations. They spend a fair amount of time and money traveling to outstate arts events/organizations. A lot of this is actually stealth political vetting prior to giving small grants to various events and organizers.

It is surprising to me to see that the NEA grants to the state are much lower than they were 25 years ago.


28 posted on 05/06/2011 11:04:17 AM PDT by reformedliberal
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson