State Budget Process Moves to Senate

Thank you!  Your advocacy efforts, along with thousands of individuals who wrote to, or met with, their elected officials since February have made a positive difference in the state budget process.

As you know, Ohio Citizens for the Arts set a goal of $22.4 million for public funding of arts and culture through the Ohio Arts Council for the FY2014-2015 budget.  Governor Kasich introduced his executive budget proposal in February with $19,198,408 for Subsidy (grants) and Administration (operations) for the Ohio Arts Council. We were pleased with this positive position that represented an 11% increase in Subsidy ($2 million for grants) over the FY2012-2013 budget.

Arts advocates went to work sharing the OCA goal of $22.4 million in funding for arts and culture and worked very hard with every House of Representatives member which resulted in an additional $1.7 million for the OAC’s budget, for a total of $20,898,408 – with all of the additional funds going to the Subsidy (grants) line item.

The House passage of the budget bill brings us to the Senate.  The Ohio Arts Council and Ohio Citizens for the Arts will present testimony in the coming weeks before the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Education, Senator Randy Gardner (R, Bowling Green) chair.  In addition to Senator Gardner committee members are: Peggy Lehner (R, Kettering), Nina Turner (D, Cleveland ), Bill Beagle (R, Tipp City), Cliff Hite (R, Findlay), Jim Hughes (R, Columbus), Gayle Manning (R, North Ridgeville), Tom Sawyer (D, Akron), Michael Skindell (D, Lakewood), Joseph Uecker (R, Miami Township), Chris Widener (R, Springfield).

We now have the opportunity to work with members of the Senate as we strive to reach, and maybe exceed, our goal of $22.4 million to fund arts and culture through the Ohio Arts Council.  Together, we can do it!

The mission of Ohio Citizens for the Arts is to secure public funding for the arts which supports arts and culture for all Ohioans. To this end we seek a general revenue fund portion of the budget for the Ohio Arts Council in the amount of $22,400,000:

Executive Budget Proposal:
Operating Expense:
FY 2014 $1,599, 204
FY 2015 $1,599,204
Total Operating: $3,198,408

State Program Subsidies:
FY 2014 $8,000,000
FY 2015 $8,000,000
Total Subsidies $16,000,000

Total Executive Budget
FY 2014 -2015: $19,198,408

House Budget (voted out of House 4/18)
Operating Expense:
FY 2014 $1,599, 204
FY 2015 $1,599,204
Total Operating: $3,198,408

State Program Subsidies:
FY 2014 $8,850,000
FY 2015 $8,850,000
Total Subsidies $17,700,000

Total House Budget
FY 2014-2015:  $20,989,408

Ohio Citizens for the Arts’ Goal:
Operating Expense:
FY 2014 $1,599, 204
FY 2015 $1,599,204
Total Operating: $3,198,408

State Program Subsidies:
FY 2014 $9,600,796
FY 2015 $9,600,796
Total Subsidies $19,201,592

Total OCA Goal:
FY 2014-2015: $22,400,000

Action: At this time we urge you to be in contact with your Senate member to urge him/her to be in contact with their Senate leadership and the members of the Finance/ Education Subcommittee expressing their support for a $22.4 million appropriation for arts and culture through the Ohio Arts Council.

Thank you for taking the time to respond to this action alert.  We encourage you to be in personal contact with your member of the Ohio Senate to reinforce the ideas you shared in your email (or letter) today.

If you are not a member of Ohio Citizens for the Arts we invite you to join today!  Visit the membership tab on our website at: http://www.OhioCitizensForTheArts.org

TOGETHER WE ARE MAKING A POSITIVE DIFFERENCE FOR THE ARTS IN OHIO.  THANK YOU!

Bill Blair                            Donna S. Collins
Legislative Counsel          Executive Director

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