Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Arts Funding Alert from Citizens for the Arts in PA:

Dear Fellow Arts Advocates,

Will the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) be on the chopping block when the PA Senate finishes deliberations on the state budget?

Yesterday afternoon, Governor Edward G. Rendell announced Pennsylvania will end the fiscal year (June 30, 2010) with a deficit of over $1 billion. Without additional revenue enhancements, Rendell speculated that significant layoffs and furloughs are inevitable.

In reaction to the latest budget news, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Senate Appropriations Chair Jake Corman (R-Centre County) said that his caucus would push "for reducing spending to reflect the state's new "budget reality." He did not describe what cuts he would make." http://bit.ly/9zl3OL

We need your help and we need it NOW! The PA Senate is working on the state budget.

We need you to: Share this e-mail with friends, family and business associates and encourage them to advocate for the arts. Organize a trip to your State Senator's District Office ASAP (bring other arts advocates with you). Personal visits have the largest impact on public policy-makers. Share information about jobs supported by the arts with your senator (there are 62,000 full-time equivalent jobs that are supported by nonprofit arts organizations in PA) Make sure that you have at least one of the senator's constituents in your group.

These visits to your senator's district office are of vital importance to keep PCA funding in the FY 11-12 state budget. MAKE THAT APPOINTMENT TODAY!

Jenny L. Hershour
Managing Director
Citizens for the Arts in Pennsylvania

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