The four budget requests from the Department of Heritage & Arts all ranked among the top 10 priorities for a legislative subcommittee.
In making their final recommendations on Monday, Feb. 12, the Budget, Economic Development, and Labor Appropriations Subcommittee showed strong support for all of the department’s requests. The prioritization lists for ongoing and supplemental (or one-time) funding will be given to the legislative leaders who comprise the Executive Appropriations Committee. The prioritizations carry a lot of weight in final budget decisions, although they are not set in stone.
Three of the department’s requests were focused on securing ongoing money for much-needed positions. Here is how they were ranked:
- Division of Indian Affairs, Administrative Assistant: Ranked as the second priority for the subcommittee, this would allow the division to ensure that the administrative assistant position is funded in upcoming years. The position is currently funded with temporary money. The committee also ranked this position second on its supplemental funding list to cover costs associated with keeping the position this year.
- Division of Arts & Museums, Collections Management: Ranked third by the subcommittee, this would be a new position responsible for maintaining existing pieces in the fine art and folk arts collections, as well as conducting research and overseeing new acquisitions.
- Division of State History, Ancient Human Remains Analysis and Recovery Personnel: Ranked sixth by the subcommittee, this position would provide a second person to recover and analyze remains.
The fourth department request, for $500,000 in ongoing arts sustainability grant money, was ranked 10th by the subcommittee.