DeSantis Cuts $100 Million in Funding for the Arts

DeSantis Cuts $100 Million in Funding for the Arts

Jim McCool
Jim McCool
June 18, 2024

Tourism and culture has been a huge cash grab for the state of Florida.  Now some worry that this might take a big hit after Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) vetoed additional funding for the arts.

The denied funding would have given $100 million towards arts and cultural programs.  Arts Garage, a non-profit group, is claiming that they have been hit by the budget cut in a severe way, missing out on a possible $100 million.

Arts Garage president Marjorie Waldo stated, "This is a significant number, this is not something we anticipated.  The research is clear. Art is not just about entertainment. We create jobs for artists, curators and musicians. We employ marketers, accountants, lighting and sound technical engineers and professionals that span multiple industries. And we support other local businesses through our purchase of goods and services."

Arts Garage is not just some fringe cultural group either.  Accord to the AEP6’s Economic Impact Calculator, Arts Garage impacted their local economy of West Palm Beach in a massive way, generating over $2 million.

Waldo added, "If you're hindering some of the programming in your communities that feeds the tourism tax base, then I'm not sure that you've cut the right place, that you've cut the right line item."

DeSantis defended his move after vetoing the item claiming he wants the state to have a reasonable budget.  "Historic support for education, historic support for conservation and environment and protecting natural resources," stated Governor DeSantis.

DeSantis' team further stated in response to the pressure from Floridians like Waldo, "The governor views every bill and appropriation that comes across his desk and uses his authority under Florida Constitution to make veto decisions that are in the best interest of the state of Florida."

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Jim McCool

Jim McCool

Jim is a graduate of Florida State University where he studied Political Science, Religion and Criminology. He has been a reporter for the Floridian since January of 2021 and will start law school in 2024.

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