May 16, 2017
Yesterday, Governor Pete Ricketts returned LB327, the state's budget bill for the next two years, to the Legislature with his signature, but with line-item reductions.
Various state agencies would see a 0.5% appropriation reduction. Agencies that had already been reduced by 3% or more would not be affected. This includes the Nebraska Arts Council, which had a 4% reduction to its operating budget in LB327.
If your organization or business is within one-half mile of a river, you could be included in future Riverfront Development Districts.
Senator Sue Crawford's LB97 was signed by the Governor on May 10. The bill gives cities the authorization to establish districts to fund, manage, promote and develop riverfronts within city limits. Districts would be overseen and managed by a riverfront development authority appointed by the mayor with the approval of the city council.
You can learn more about state bills we are monitoring that can impact the arts and arts education at our Advocacy Center.
Arts Advocacy - Federal Update
Now that Congress has approved funding for the federal government through September, attention is turned to deliberations over the fiscal year 2018 budget that begins October 1. The House Budget Committee is expected to develop its FY2018 budget resolution shortly after Memorial Day.
To help you keep updated on the national-level issues affecting the arts, Americans for the Arts has an Arts Mobilization Center, with tools, resources, and information to help you make your case for the arts and arts education.