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White House proposes cut to NEA budget

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The White House released its FY 2012 budget this morning. It included a request for $146.3 million for the National Endowment for the Arts and the same amount for the National Endowment for the Humanities.

There is still no FY 2011 budget — the federal government is operating under a continuing resolution — but in FY 2010, the NEA and NEH each received a $167.5 million appropriation from Congress. The Obama administration’s request represents a 13 percent cut from the NEA’s and NEH’s FY 2010 appropriation.

The Obama administration’s budget appendix, which includes funding request details for the Smithsonian, the National Gallery of Art and more, is here.

The White House has requested $636 million in operating funds for the Smithsonian, almost exactly what the Smithsonian received in federal appropriations in FY 2010, plus $225 million in facilities capital, $100 million more than the Smithsonian received in FY 2010. That line item would support infrastructure improvements at the Cooper-Hewitt, to research facilities at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and to begin construction of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. The White House’s request would continue support for long-term projects already underway, including  renovations at the National Zoo, the National Museum of American History and the National Museum of Natural History.

The White House is also asking for an $8 million increase in operating funds for the National Gallery of Art, from $111 million in FY 2010 to $119 million in FY 2010. The budget also supports the continuation of the NGA’s infrastructural capital projects already underway at both the East and West Buildings.

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  1. I fully realize that the country is in dire shape, but these useless overpaid so called representatives of the people are truly living in another “Galaxy”. The “United States” has been lagging drastically in this area of arts funding for decades, they need to increase funding for the “NEA” twofold instead of cutting the arts funding these hypocritical individuals should cut their own salaries and benefits in half and possibly they would get a glimpse of how the other 97% live in America.

    Mr. Obama has disapointed me in many areas, although it’s not entirely his fault, it’s the people he has to work with who unfortunately are corporate driven and filled with greed.

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