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• Governor Ron DeSantis has released his $91.3 billion budget proposal for the Florida Legislature to consider when its session begins next month. Economic analyst Hank Fishkind says he finds a lot to like in the governor’s proposed 2019 budget…for both what it does include, and what it does not include. Read More »
• 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 Florida’s history. It’s $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 … Read More »