The budget passed for 2006-07 allocates a total of $5.11 million for the CAC, keeping the General Fund allocation at $1.144 million, with an additional $965,000 from the NEA and $197, 000 for miscellaneous reimbusements, and an increase to $2.804 million from special license plates. The entire projected increase would come from the license plate fees.
The proposal to fund the State Arts Council at a level of $36 million would bring back arts programs in communities throughout the state and revive inter-departmental activities with other state agencies. Without this support, we will continue to lose our State's most creative and talented people--a trend which is already happening.
The need for arts funding is a basic community need, not just an issue which concerns the arts and artists. It affects economic vitality, ethnic relations, public safety, delinquency prevention, learning ability, public safety, --in all of our communities, rural and urban.
Currently California's recidivism rate is twice the national average. It was estimated that a life of crime costs the public between $1.7 and $2.3 million. A small investiment in arts funding would yield tremendous dividends in preventing juvenile delinquency, and reducing recidivism among California adult offenders.
For these reasons, the League of California Cities and the State Sheriff's Association are in support of restoring the funding for the California Arts Council.