The Texas Commission on the Arts is seeking to double its budget for the 2014-15 biennium, after the Legislature cut back on this non-essential function last session. Given the health of the state’s $4.6 billion arts industry, taxpayers should be asking their lawmakers why they continue funding the commission at all.
The arts and culture industry grossed $4.6 billion in taxable sales last year. Surely a multi-billion industry can get by without a few million dollars of taxpayer handouts.
If the governor and the Legislature are serious about cutting wasteful government programs, the Commission on the Arts should be one of the first places to look for inspiration.