The House Appropriations Committee voted 12-9 in support of Gov. Sam Brownback’s executive order abolishing the Kansas Arts Commission. That reversed a 5-2 subcommittee vote earlier this week to restore the commission. A bipartisan majority on the subcommittee recognized the important contribution arts make to Kansas’ quality of life and were concerned about the state possibly losing more than $1 million in federal and regional arts funding. One of the lawmakers voting to defund the arts was Rep. Brenda Landwehr, R-Wichita. “I don’t have a problem with art,” she said. “This is money I see better spent elsewhere.”
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