The Trump Administration has presented its budget request to Congress for fiscal year 2019. In this budget the President calls for the elimination of the federal cultural agencies including the National Endowment for the Arts. The Trump administration’s recommendation is, essentially, a request to Congress—a statement of fiscal preferences. Presidents use this budget document to highlight long-term goals. Congress, however, has the Constitutional authority to appropriate funds for federal agencies; and the National Endowment for the Arts enjoys significant bipartisan support in Congress, earned over many years of service to the American people.
Like state arts agencies across the country, we receive federal funds from the NEA; half of the budget of the Idaho Commission on the Arts comes from the NEA, the other half comes from the Idaho State General Fund appropriation.
In Idaho, we know the arts promote prosperity and strengthen our towns and rural spaces by creating jobs, tax revenue, and opportunities for tourism. See below for ways you can help ensure the continuation of funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and the Idaho Commission on the Arts.