TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) A proposed House bill would give Kansans a chance to support the arts while paying their taxes.
The bill would create the Kansas Arts Commission Checkoff Fund. It would allow taxpayers to add a donation while doing their income tax returns.
The proposal is sponsored by 40 House Republicans. It coincides with efforts by Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration to encourage private support for the arts, rather than using public funds.
Last year, Brownback cut public funding for the Kansas Arts Commission. His budget proposal for the coming fiscal year proposes $200,000 in state funding for a new Kansas Creative Industries Commission.
One of the sponsors, House Speaker Mike O’Neal, told The Hutchinson News that the possible financial impact of the checkoff has not been determined.