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Obama To National Endowment For The Arts: No Increase In Budget Either

Hartford Courant

President Obama has proposed no increase for the National Endowment for the Arts in his 2015 budget request to Congress.

He proposes $146.021 million, the same amount as the 2014 budget.

Yep. Nothing more.

In 2010, two years after the Great Recession began, it was $167 million. When Obama took office it was $144 million.

In 1992, it was $175 million, the most it had received. The low point in recent times was in 2000 when it received just $97 million.

The NEA does not appear to be a priority in the Obama administration. It took the president more than a year before he named a relatively low-profile person to take over as the new permanent head of the arts agency (and more than two years after it became evident that the former chairman, Rocco Landesman, was going to exit at the end of the president's first term). 

The NEA's fiscal year 2015 budget submission to Congress will be available on on Friday, March 7.

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