Governor Kasich Announces Proposed State Budget

Today, March 15, 2011, Governor John Kasich announced his proposed FY2012-2013 state budget.

Ohio Citizens for the Arts Board of Directors, at its meeting in December 2010, set a goal of maintaining the current budget levels (FY2010-2011=$13,188,850) of the Ohio Arts Council for the FY2012-2013 biennium.  Ohio Citizens for the Arts fully recognizes the tight fiscal restraints put on the FY2012-2013 budget. During the Strickland administration the arts suffered a 47% cut to an already meager Ohio Arts Council budget. Governor Kasich’s proposal today reflects a further 19.5% cut resulting in an executive budget recommendation of $10,611,408 for the Ohio Arts Council in FY2012-2013.  Given the massive cuts to the arts in previous years it is imperative to maintain the FY2010-2011 funding levels for FY2012-2013. Ohio Citizens for the Arts’ goal for funding arts and culture is $13,188,580 for the FY2012-2013 biennium.

Listed below are current funding levels and Governor Kasich’s executive proposal for the FY2012-2013 state budget:

Current (FY2010-2011) and Proposed (FY2012-2013) Funding Levels

Ohio Arts Council Budget FY2010 FY2011 FY2012 FY2013
Actual Actual Executive Executive
State Subsidy Total: 5,143,508 5,143,508 4,000,000 4,000,000
State Administration Total: 1,450,782 1,450,782 1,305,704 1,305,704
Budget Grand Total: 6,594,290 6,594,290 5,305,704 5,305,704
Biennium Total: 13,188,580 10,611,408

LET THE BUDGET PROCESS BEGIN WITH YOU:
• Read the Talking Points to support public funding for the arts.
• In just two minutes you can take immediate action by responding to the OCA E-Action Alert.
• Make an appointment with your member of the Ohio House of Representatives and speak up for the arts in Ohio!

HIGHER EDUCATION SUBCOMMITTEE TO HEAR TESTIMONY FROM OHIO ARTS COUNCIL:
The Higher Education Subcommittee will hear testimony from the Ohio Arts Council on Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at 6:00 PM.

Members of the Higher Education Subcommittee, of the Finance and Appropriations Committee, in the Ohio House of Representatives are: Rep. Randy Gardner (R, Bowling Green), Chair; Rep. Robert Mecklenborg (R, Cincinnati); Rep. Lynn Slaby (R, Akron); Rep. Nancy Garland (D, New Albany); and Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D, Kent).

ADVOCACY:
It is a new day in Ohio.  We must continue to be in contact with our legislators by email through our E-Advocacy Center – while this is important because it generates big numbers of contacts in a short amount of time – it is just one step in the work to be done to secure public funding for the arts in Ohio.  We must meet with every legislator in the state and educate them by providing persuasive information, data, and our personal stories about the value of state funding for arts and culture.

TELL YOUR FRIENDS:
Share this information with your colleagues and friends. Post this information on your website homepage, Facebook, and other social networking sites – it is a new day and we must reach out, reach in, and reach a higher level of communication in our advocacy efforts to protect Ohio’s heritage!

Take Action by visiting the OCA E-Advocacy Center!

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