Thursday, January 19, 2017

Federal cultural spending targeted

The transition team of President-elect Donald J. Trump is proposing to shut down the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities and to privatize the Corporation for Public Broadcasting as part of a plan to reduce federal spending by $10.5 trillion over the next 10 years, Alexander Bolton reports in the Washington political publication The Hill:

Spending on the endowments ($148 million for each) and CPB ($445 million) accounted for 0.02 percent of the 2016 federal budget of $3.9 trillion, notes Philip Bump of The Washington Post:

Elimination of federal cultural programs, particularly the arts endowment, as well as arts agencies and public-broadcasting subsidies in individual states, have been advocated by conservative activists and politicians since the 1980s.