Arts Banned in Stimulus Bill

Republican Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma pasted an amendment into the stimulus package banning it from funding museums, arts centers, theaters, stadiums, parks, casinos or golf courses. James S. Russell says, 'starving the arts is suicidal.'
February 13, 2009, 1pm PST | Tim Halbur
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"There's hope that the bill will pass without this gratuitous kicking of the arts, yet you do wonder what goes on in minds that lump together an institution like a scrappy regional theater and a municipal golf course. The Senate last week voted for the amendment 73-24. Until a text of the final compromise bill is released, we won't know whether Coburn's ban remains.

From an economic standpoint, starving the arts is suicidal. Consider the case of the High Line, the park in the Meatpacking District. The City of New York invested $170 million in the project, which directly inspired as many as 50 major residential projects worth as much as $5 billion. And the park isn't even open yet."

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Published on Friday, February 13, 2009 in Bloomberg.com
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