The good news is that the nearly completed, long delayed state budget restores 10 million to the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts for grant making and 1 million for administration, so write your reps and senators to encourage them to keep this allocation in the final budget. And while you’re at it, ask them if they think this is really a good idea.
“With Mr. Rendell insisting that the $27.9 billion budget proposal have more “recurring revenues,” leaders of three of the four General Assembly caucuses decided to eliminate the sales tax exemption for symphonies, ballets, operas and other performing arts, as well as for museums, historical sites, parks and zoos. The sales tax exemption will remain for tickets to sporting events and movies.“
Emphasis mine. Ugh.