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February 13, 2009

"Arts Organizations" Complain About Being Kicked Out of the Spendulus

Incredible. Artsy types are looking for their next handout and Senator Schumer is ready to give it to them:

The original version of the package was arts friendly, with the House version containing $50 million for the National Endowment for the Arts. But when the bill started receiving criticism, the Senate removed the NEA money from its version.

Then it went a step further, passing an amendment on February 6 declaring that no stimulus money could be used for "any casino or other gambling establishment, aquarium, zoo, golf course, swimming pool, stadium, community park, museum, theater, arts center, or highway-beautification project." Schumer voted for the amendment, and, though his vote was not the deciding one, the city's arts institutions and cultural groups, already hurting from reduced state and city funding, aren't happy.unable to support themselves, started whinging (again).

FTFY.

Schumer promptly responded through a spokesperson that he had no idea what he was doing and please don't ban him from the Met, he simply must see Racette's Cio-Cio-San in Madam Butterfly this season.


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