A bill co-sponsored by 40 House members would put a check off box on income tax return forms, allowing people to donate $1, $5, $10 or a specified amount to help bolster the Kansas Arts Commission.
The proposal is part of an effort to raise private funds for the Commission, which had its funds eliminated by Gov. Sam Brownback last year. Brownback has since included $200,000 in his recommended budget for a new Creative Industries Commission in the Department of Commerce that includes aspects of the Arts Commission and Kansas Film Commission.
The Arts Commission, which still exists despite no funding, is also planning to sell special license plates for $100, with $50 going to the arts group that procures the sale and $50 for the Commission, which could then spread the money among community art projects across the state.
Currently the Kansas income tax form has four programs you can check to donate: Chickadee Check-off, Senior Citizen Meals on Wheels Contribution Program, Breast Cancer Research Fund and Military Emergency Relief Fund.