Re-post from Nancy DeLucia, Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance
Last night at 11:45pm, Governor Corbett signed the general fund budget for FY 2012-13.
After months of negotiations, Governor Corbett and the General Assembly came to a consensus on a final “spend number” of $27.656 billion, which was $517 million more than the Governor had initially proposed in his February budget address.
Despite another year of difficult cuts and budget austerity, the Cultural Alliance is pleased to learn that cultural line items have either been level funded or modestly increased for the coming year. This modest funding is an important investment in a $2 billion cultural sector that helps attract visitors and tourists from around the globe to Pennsylvania and stimulates a vast creative economy.
Here are the final appropriations for the FY 2012-13 budget:
|Pennsylvania Council on the Arts saw both its granting programs and
administrative budgets remain level at $8,179,000 and $866,000 respectively.
|Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) had its General
Government Operations budget increased by $275,000 to $17.8 million, but its
museum assistance grants remain at zero for the third year in a row.
|Tourism Marketing was increased by $1.810 million in FY 2012-13 to
a total of $5.810 million.
|Zoos which had their funding zeroed out in the Governor’s proposal
also saw their funding restored to last year’s level.
There is a proposal to increase the Educational Improvement Tax Credit by $25 million to a total $100 million. One-third of this increase would go to expand tax credits for Educational Improvement Organizations (EIOs). Many arts education and afterschool programs depend on EIO funds for the work they do.
Additionally, on June 4th, the Pennsylvania Senate commissioned the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee to conduct a Museum Study to measure the effects of prior funding cuts to PHMC and to our state’s museums. We are currently working with committee staff to provide information, research and advice.
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