Art requirement could be victim of state budget cuts

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by DREW MIKKELSEN / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on January 7, 2010 at 6:20 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 7 at 6:20 PM

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Suspending a law that requires art projects to be built along with new state buildings could be one way to help the lawmakers solve a $2.6 billion deficit.

Rep. Kelli Linville, D-Bellingham, chair of the Ways and Means Committee, said she wants lawmakers to look at suspending the law for the next year and a half.

Under the 1974 law, one-half of a percent of the money spent on a new state or school building must also be spent on art projects on the property.

Kris Tucker, the Executive Director of the Washington State Arts Commission, told KING 5 she would testify against any bill that would suspend or eliminate the funding.

On average, about $2 million a year is spent on the 80 art projects generated by the law.

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