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Thursday, January 26, 2017

What Trump's Proposed Spending Cuts Mean for the Arts Economy |

Part of Trump's agenda is eliminating funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. That's funding for the arts, National Public Radio, and evil and subversive things like Ken Burns' PBS documentaries about the Civil War and the National Parks. According to Fortune:

The Trump transition team may propose cuts to the federal budget that would reduce spending by $10.5 trillion over the next 10 years, the Hill reported Thursday. Along with major funding cuts to the departments of Energy, Commerce, Transportation, Justice and State, the plan—which the Trump team has said is modeled after The Heritage Foundation's Blueprint for Balance—would achieve this reduction in part by targeting waste” like the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

In 2016, the NEH and NEA received a whopping $148 million each. That's about .00003 of the federal budget, each. In contrast, Trump says his wall would cost about $12 billion, but other studies have estimated the cost at $25 billion.

The full Fortune article is at, and includes a link to the initial report from The Hill.

Below are two places to sign a petition. The first is sponsored by the National Humanities Alliance, and basically sends an email to your US representative, senators and the president. The second is a White House petition site that, for some reason, and I can think of several, is getting few signatures. I have signed both.


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