Proponents of Gov. Sam Brownback’s plan to privatize the Kansas Arts Commission and end state funding of the arts after fiscal 2012 are pointing to Vermont, which has a private arts council with the authority to distribute federal funds. But that model only serves their plan to a point: In Vermont, 0.042 percent of the state general fund supports the arts council, or 81 cents per capita. In Kansas, only 0.014 percent of the state general fund goes to the arts commission, or 29 cents per capita, and Brownback seeks to zero that out after 2012.
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