The Legislature’s appropriations subcommittees have completed their base budget processes, and the Department of Heritage and Arts remained mostly intact.
While the base budgets are essentially the current budgets passed for the upcoming year, the subcommittees did make $69 million in cuts, approximately 1 percent of the state budget. The Business, Economic Development, and Labor subcommittee, which oversees the Heritage & Arts budget, made nearly $3 million in cuts for all of the departments in their portfolio. That amounts to 2 percent of their budget.
None of those cuts, however, came out of funding that is used by Heritage & Arts. There were two direct appropriations that pass-through the department budget that were cut.
On Friday, the Executive Appropriations Committee approved the subcommittee recommendations so that base budget bills could be drafted. Executive Appropriations, which is made up of the legislative leadership from the Senate and House, will make a final decision on those budgets next week.