April 19, 2017

National Endowment for the Arts in Arizona

Taking a look at the NEA, what it is, how it funds projects, and what the potential impact of defunding it might have for Southern Arizona.
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President Donald Trump became the first American president to propose eliminating the National Endowment for the Arts since it began in 1965. This story takes a look at what the NEA is, how it funds projects and what the potential impacts to Southern Arizona might be. In 2016, The NEA had an annual budget of 147 million dollars which is roughly .004 percent of the federal budget. Many conservatives think funding the arts is not a core function of the government and that it is best left up to the private sector. The agency cost less than fifty cents per American citizen per year, supporters say the cuts aren’t worth the savings.

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