This Post is Not About Tim Eyman

Although this article is. What I actually want to point out is the info at the bottom of the article:

“‘Washington ranks 30th in total general fund dollar appropriations, but 46th when this is computed on a per capita basis. When you add in line items, which for us includes capital budget appropriations for the Art in Public Places program, we rank 41st per capita.’ At 83 cents per capita, Washington spends less money on art than Alaska ($1.90), Alabama ($1.40) and Oklahoma ($1.64).”

I already posted about our rankings last month, but it bears repeating in the current financial crisis. We have a vibrant arts and cultural community in this state in great part to the incredible generosity and civic commitment of individuals and corporations. But as we lose a lot of corporate headquarters to buy-outs and closures and individuals lose their stock portfolios, government is going to need to find a way to compensate or else our cultural opportunities will begin to shrink.


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