Update on Georgia Arts Council Funding

(4-21-10) The Senate Appropriations Committee restored the $890,735 that the governor had recommended for GCA, but the House had cut out. The Senate version of the budget keeps the agency going, but with about $1.6 million less in state backing than it has in fiscal year 2010.

Still, arts supporters shouldn't celebrate just yet. The budget has to pass the full Senate. Then House leaders have to agree to keep the money in when the budget is taken up by a conference committee that includes three senators and three House members. Then whatever the conferees agree to must still be approved by the full House and Senate before going to the governor.