State Policy News
2011-2012 State Budget - UPDATE!
After a 4-month budget-making process that began with his Budget Message on March 8, Governor Corbett will sign the State Budget legislation for the 2011-2012 fiscal year into law today, June 30. The Budget provides funding to the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts totaling $9.065 million, roughly the same amount that was proposed by Governor Corbett in his original budget plan. Of that amount, $8.179 million will be allocated to the PCA's grants budget, and the remaining $886,000 will be for the Council's administrative costs. Given that the House had previously proposed to drastically slash the PCA's budget, this is a victory for the arts in Pennsylvania. On the other hand, the Pennsylvania Museum and Historical Commission's budget was reduced by approximately $1 million, placing the agency's budget for 2011-2012 at about $17.5 million. The PMHC's grants programs were eliminated in prior years and remain unfunded for 2011-2012.
Governor's Appointments to the Arts Council (Correction)
As a follow-up to our last AEI Note, we have updated our listing of the new appointments for the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts to more accurately reflect the new Council appointments. Governor Tom Corbett has appointed First Lady Susan Corbett to Chair the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA). He has also appointed to the Council William Lehr, CEO of Capital Blue Cross, who is a member of the AEI Advisory Committee. The complete list of new appointments is as follows: Laura E. Ellsworth, Esq. (Sewickley); Jeffrey W. Gabel (Gettysburg); Stephen J. Harmelin, Esq. (Philadelphia); Gayle Isa (Philadelphia); Justin Laing (Pittsburgh); William Lehr, Jr. (Palmyra); James A. West, Jr. (Pittsburgh); Jen Holman Zaborney (Harrisburg). Congratulations to Mrs. Corbett and the new Council members.