From our friends at ARTS North Carolina:
The 2013-2015 North Carolina biennium budget has entered the “conference” phase. There are profound differences between the House and the Senate regarding grants recommendations for the North Carolina Arts Council.
Over the two year budget cycle the difference is a loss of $1,280,000 (Senate) or a loss of $96,000 (House).
TAKE ACTION NOW TO ENSURE THE FINAL BUDGET REFLECTS THE HOUSE RECOMMENDATION!!!!
NCAC Grants – $48,000 in reductions for both years of the biennium budget
NCAC Grants – $500,000 reduction first year/ $780,000 reduction second year of biennium
Separate email messages must be sent to the following Senate and House Appropriation Budget Chairs.
(Copy your own Senator and Representative if different)
House Budget Chairs:
Representative Nelson Dollar – Nelson.Dollar@ncleg.net
Representative Justin P. Burr – Justin.Burr@ncleg.net
Representative Bryan R. Holloway – Bryan.Holloway@ncleg.net
Representative Linda Johnson – Linda.Johnson2@ncleg.net
Speaker Thom Tillis – Thom.Tillis@ncleg.net
House Email Subject Line: Thank you and Stand Strong
Please accept my appreciation for your fair and reasonable budget recommendation for the grants programs of the North Carolina Arts Council. As word spread throughout the state about the final House budget, we celebrated that our House Members understand the importance of state money in all 100 counties.
We respectfully request that you stand strong in the House recommendation of $48,000 in reductions for the grants programs of the North Carolina Arts Council for both years of the Biennium. You have our vote and our thanks for your understanding of the importance of the arts industry to North Carolina’s future.
Name and Address
Senate Budget Chairs:
Senator Pete Brunstetter – Peter.Brunstetter@ncleg.net
Senator Neal Hunt – Neal.Hunt@ncleg.net
Senator Harry Brown – Harry.Brown@ncleg.net
President Pro Tempore Phil Berger -Phil.Berger@ncleg.net
Senate Email Subject Line: Restore North Carolina Arts Council Funding
I stand with citizens across North Carolina and ask that you accept the House recommendation of $96,000 in North Carolina Arts Council grant reductions as opposed to the $1,228,000 recommended in the Senate’s Biennium budget.
Secretary of Commerce Sharon Decker has named arts and culture as one of the five pillars of the Department of Commerce strategic plan. Further cuts would severely impair the very programs that are contributing to our economic recovery.
The programs funded by NCAC grants spur economic development in both rural and urban communities, leverage an additional $16 in private sector funds for every $1 in state funds, and provide 9,000,000 arts experiences to citizens in all 100 counties. We understand the difficult work you must do, but we respectfully request that you reconsider the debilitating cuts the Senate recommends for the North Carolina Arts Council.
Thank you for your consideration.
Name and Address
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(website link for this Call – http://www.artsnc.org/action-center/calls-to-action/budget-conference-individuals/)
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