Shared by Local Reader | "85th Legislature Cuts Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) Budget"

Budget Photo: Texas Legislature Online
(Note: Over the years, grant money from TCA have financially supported the Rockport Center for the Arts, as well as the Rockport Film Festival.)
"Texas' 85th Legislative Session ended on Monday, May 29. The approved State budget, addressed in House Bill 1 and Senate Bill 1, reduced TCA's proposed budget by excluding the funds designated for Cultural District Project grants. The remaining funds will not be sufficient to support the Arts Respond Cultural District Project grant program for designated Cultural District marketing, infrastructure, and events. TCA Commissioners are expected to vote to put this grant program on hiatus at their next meeting on June 21, 2017. TCA's arts education grants budget was also cut by over $700,000 for the biennium. In total, TCA's new budget is reduced by 28% over the biennium. You can use this page to read the bills. Since the Texas Legislature meets biennially, it made decisions on two years' worth of State budgeting, including TCA's budget for fiscal year 2018 (September 1, 2017-August 31, 2018) and fiscal year 2019 (September 1, 2018-August 31, 2019). Governor Abbott has through Sunday, June 18 to sign the bill as it stands or to alter it via line item veto." (Text via TCA)

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