UPDATE (2/25): The House of Delegates has passed the proposal.
According to a statement just released by the Virginia Commission for the Arts, yesterday the Appropriations Committee of the House of Delegates voted 15-7 to eliminate the commission. This would entail a two-step process, according to the statement.
The proposal would first cut state funding for the Virginia Commission for the Arts by 50% in 2010-11, and then eliminate the agency entirely as of July 1, 2011. It’s fair to say the commission is up in arms about this idea. Spokeswoman Lynn Kirk called it “a very short-sighted decision.”
The statement outlines where the Virginia Senate stands and what happens next: “The Senate Finance Committee has adopted the proposal in the budget bill submitted by Governor Kaine not to make further cuts in state funding for the Commission for the Arts. There will be votes on the House and Senate floors later this week on the proposals from the two committees. The different versions of the 2010-12 budget bill approved by the two house of the General Assembly then go to a Budget Conference Committee to resolve the differences.”
The commission’s current budget is $4.4 million. According to the statement, the General Assembly has already cut the organization’s budget by $2 million over the past two years.