State budget debate heads to Senate - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

State budget debate heads to Senate

By Brandon Troullier - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - House Bill 1 left the House of Representatives on Friday and has reached the Senate where it's set to be voted on in the next two weeks.

District 35 Rep. Brett Geymann says "the budget is still going through the process and funds could be added or even taken away...but I want to add that every agency is likely to see a reduction this year because of the $1.2 billion dollar deficit that we're facing".

Should the budget pass, the state arts funding would drop from $2.2 million to $339,000, resulting in a 41-percent decrease - which concerns the Arts and Humanities Council. 

Executive Director Matt Young says, "the cultural economy is the second largest contributor to state employment and already this past year, the arts and cultural world took a loss in the state budget and our office even in fact had some layoffs...it would be devastating and crippling to the arts community."

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