Texas increases funding for art by 200 percent in 2020

Legislative appropriations for Texas arts agencies are projected to reach $15.2 million for fiscal year 2020– a 200 percent increase from 2019. In fiscal year 2019, $5 million was allocated to arts agencies in the state.

The amount equates to 53 cents per capita in the state, according to a report from the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA).

Texas’ per-capita funding for arts agencies ranks 34 out of 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to the analysis.

The NASAA identifies a number of ways state governments provide revenue to arts agencies, but the primary funding source comes from the state’s general fund, according to the report. Other sources of arts agency funding include special taxes or fees, lottery and gaming taxes, specialty arts license plates and income tax checkoffs.

The assembly surveys state arts agencies biannually to update its database on appropriations and revenues going to arts programs.

State Legislative Appropriations Going to Arts Agencies

State Total FY 2019 Legislative Arts Funding Total FY 2020 Legislative Arts Funding % Change, FY2019 to FY2020 Per-Capita Legislative Arts Funding Per-Capita Funding Rank
Washington, D.C. $30,389,000 $33,632,233 10.7% $47.88 1
Minnesota $39,276,000 $40,741,000 3.7% $7.26 2
Hawaii $6,995,067 $6,995,067 0.0% $4.92 3
Maryland $21,747,233 $23,702,000 9.0% $3.92 4
Delaware $3,206,300 $3,313,000 3.3% $3.43 5
Massachusetts $16,154,982 $18,180,000 12.5% $2.63 6
Utah $6,266,200 $7,705,400 23.0% $2.44 7
New York $45,334,000 $43,951,000 -3.1% $2.25 8
South Carolina $4,215,938 $11,341,448 169.0% $2.23 9
Rhode Island $1,989,693 $2,084,748 4.8% $1.97 10
Wyoming $1,038,975 $1,108,438 6.7% $1.92 11
New Jersey $16,405,000 $16,405,000 0.0% $1.84 12
Illinois $12,896,800 $22,896,800 77.5% $1.80 13
Connecticut $5,218,700 $5,218,700 0.0% $1.46 14
California $27,419,000 $56,119,000 104.7% $1.42 15
Ohio $14,653,879 $16,470,723 12.4% $1.41 16
Florida $7,404,260 $26,647,536 259.9% $1.25 17
Alabama $5,459,496 $5,828,528 6.8% $1.19 18
Tennessee $7,175,800 $7,995,500 11.4% $1.18 19
Vermont $717,735 $722,800 0.7% $1.15 20
South Dakota $927,103 $996,797 7.5% $1.13 21
Missouri $6,458,929 $6,570,824 1.7% $1.07 22
North Dakota $782,438 $803,102 2.6% $1.06 23
Michigan $10,000,000 $10,000,000 0.0% $1.00 24
Alaska $692,800 $704,400 1.7% $0.96 25
North Carolina $9,102,787 $8,802,787 -3.3% $0.85 26
Pennsylvania $10,464,000 $10,481,000 0.2% $0.82 27
Nebraska $1,477,145 $1,508,852 2.1% $0.78 28
Maine $926,061 $1,006,222 8.3% $0.75 29
Oklahoma $2,799,266 $2,912,531 4.0% $0.74 30
New Mexico $1,321,900 $1,332,300 0.8% $0.64 31
Indiana $4,000,000 $3,920,491 -2.0% $0.59 32
New Hampshire $498,728 $805,229 61.5% $0.59 33
Texas $5,043,064 $15,164,538 200.7% $0.53 34
Montana $516,313 $551,314 6.8% $0.52 35
Idaho $841,000 $884,700 5.2% $0.50 36
West Virginia $879,806 $870,758 -1.0% $0.48 37
Arkansas $1,425,944 $1,425,944 0.0% $0.47 38
Oregon $2,668,717 $1,959,497 -26.6% $0.47 39
Iowa $1,267,188 $1,467,188 15.8% $0.46 40
Louisiana $2,131,469 $2,165,285 1.6% $0.46 41
Virginia $3,730,751 $3,855,751 3.4% $0.45 42
Nevada $2,003,598 $1,327,366 -33.8% $0.44 43
Kentucky $1,708,700 $1,728,900 1.2% $0.39 44
Mississippi $1,595,294 $1,169,421 -26.7% $0.39 45
Colorado $2,000,000 $2,000,000 0.0% $0.35 46
Arizona $2,000,000 $2,200,000 10.0% $0.31 47
Washington $1,633,000 $2,169,000 32.8% $0.29 48
Kansas $500,000 $500,000 0.0% $0.17 49
Georgia $1,211,310 $1,517,217 25.3% $0.14 50
Wisconsin $763,000 $790,000 3.5% $0.14 51

Source: National Assembly of State Arts Agencies

This is a revised article first published by The Center Square.

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