Last night, the Ohio House of Representatives passed, by a 59 to 40 vote along party lines, its version of the budget for the state of Ohio covering the next two years. As we reported earlier, the House version includes an additional $3,000,000 for the arts! The Ohio Arts Council’s budget subsidy line (grant awards) includes an additional $1 million in FY2012 and $2 million in FY2013. We are grateful to House Speaker William Batchelder, (R Medina), House Finance Chair, Ron Amstutz (R Wooster) and Subcommittee Chair Randy Gardner (R Bowling Green) for their leadership in crafting this budget and to all of the House members who supported the appropriation for the Ohio Arts Council.The budget now goes to the Ohio Senate for their consideration and recommendations. The Ohio Arts Council testified before the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday, May 4th in the late afternoon. Ohio Arts Council Executive Director Julie Henahan provided testimony to committee members and Ohio Citizens for the Arts provided supporting materials as a follow-up.
THANK YOU and KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK: Ohio Citizens for the Arts extends its congratulations and appreciation to arts advocates across the state who made contact with their Ohio House of Representative members in support of public funding for the arts. Data reveals thousands of contacts through in-person meetings, phone calls, and emails all of which have had a positive impact on our advocacy efforts.
TAKE ACTION: Let’s begin our targeted messaging to the Ohio Senate by letting them know why the arts are an essential part of the lives of every Ohioan. Click on the following link to use the Ohio Citizens for the Arts’ E-Advocacy Center for quick communication with your legislators: