Override Gov. Nikki Haley's Veto of Funding for the SC Arts Commission
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South Carolina General Assembly

Override Gov. Nikki Haley's Veto of Funding for the SC Arts Commission

    1. Laurin Manning
    2. Petition by

      Laurin Manning

      Charleston, SC

Governor Haley has issued her vetoes to the state budget eliminating state funding to the Arts Commission: $1,937,598 with Veto #1, and the additional one-time funding of $500,000 for grants in Veto #21, funding that was approved in the balanced budget submitted by the General Assembly in June.

Until the vetoes are resolved, the Governor's veto puts the Arts Commission in limbo with NO authorization to expend ANY funds, including federal monies from the National Endowment for the Arts, therefore leaving the agency unable to operate.

If these vetoes are not overridden by the Legislature, South Carolina will be the only state without a public agency mandated to bring access to the arts to all of our citizens. The state's small investment in the arts yields significant, statewide returns for education, quality of life, and our economy.

ACTION YOU SHOULD TAKE NOW: Sign this petition, share it with your friends, and contact your state senator and representative, asking them to override vetoes #1 and #21. Contact your state legislator here: www.scstatehouse.gov.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Lisa Medlin ANDERSON, SC
      • about 2 years ago

      I believe saving the States Art Commission. If there needs to be budget cuts, cut into Sports/Football.

    • Kat Feraco MILFORD, NH
      • about 2 years ago

      I'm in a district with a frozen budget. The school struggles to keep the arts programs afloat. As a member of the high school marching band, choir, honors choir, concert band, and theatre department, as well as being an All State level musician, I never want to see another school's band struggle like ours does.

      Cutting Arts funding is essentially cutting the band. Cutting the band? You cut a FAMILY, a support system for people who need it, you cut a creative and healthy outlet, you cut something to make life better, not only in high school, but in the long run.

      Consider how much it cuts the theatre family in half, too. Theatre not only gives students a safe place to go and to learn, but it's an opportunity to better not only their performance skills, but their public speaking skills and other social necessities.

      Fine arts aren't just a hobby. They're something that many people love, whether they enjoy seeing performances or being in them. If you cut them, you cut CULTURE. You cut a part of HUMANITIES. The arts contribute far more to society and its legacy than most, if not all, other areas that this fund, when cut, would go to.

      If you cut the arts, you're going to end up with a whole slew of backwards kids growing up to be backwards grownups. Is that really what you want?

    • Willard Hucks UNION, SC
      • about 2 years ago

      The arts give children who have nothing else something to live for. Trust me.

    • Brittany Fisher TEMPERANCE, MI
      • about 2 years ago

      People think that visual and performing arts don't matter. That an arts program is the least of anyone's worries. They have NO IDEA how important it really is. funding should NOT be cut.

    • Christian Clark SAN ANTONIO, TX
      • about 2 years ago

      Because music is the best thing that ever happened to me


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