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Archive for Thursday, May 31, 2018

State of Florida has slashed Arts funding by 90 percent

Arts funding from the state of Florida has gone down in the past four years. In 2015, the Legislature earmarked $43 million for cultural grants. Just three years later, in 2018, funding slid to $24 million. And that decrease by almost half is alarming until you look at the 2019 budget. Then you see that slow downward drift plummet off a cliff. The most recent state budget is the highest in Floridas history. Its $88.7 billion (with a B). And for the arts and cultural grants program, our lawmakers have set aside: $2.6 million. Not $26 million, which would be a small increase over last year. No, the state has slashed funding by 90 percent. Another way of putting ...
Published in Commentaries, From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

Orlando Magic Hire Steve Clifford As Head Coach

Steve Clifford was announced Wednesday as the new coach of the Magic, a team that has missed the playoffs in each of the last six years. Clifford who spent the last five seasons as coach of the Charlotte Hornets was an assistant coach on Stan Van Gundy's Magic staff during the team's most recent playoff run in 2012.
Published in Central Florida News