The move comes on the heals of the announcement that Gov. Sam Brownback’s proposed budget for the coming fiscal year would include $200,000 for a Kansas Creative Industries Commission, a department that would replace the Kansas Arts Commission, whose $689,000 budget Brownback eliminated in 2011.
The bill would provide check off boxes on state tax forms allowing residents to contribute $1, $5, $10 or a donor-specified amount to the new arts commission. The money could be taken out of a tax reimbursement, or added to a tax bill.
“This is a great way for Kansans to support the arts if they so choose,” Wolf said in a statement. “I look forward to the passage of this bill and giving Kansans a convenient way to donate their money to a cause they support.”
Four other programs have similar check off options on state tax forms: the Chickadee Check-off, the Senior Citizen Meals on Wheels Contribution Program, the Breast Cancer Research Fund and the Military Emergency Relief Fund.