LA art funding idea — How about in Philly?

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Did you know that since 1989 Los Angeles has funded their art agency via a 1% tax on hotel charges? According the the LA Times blog Culture Monster ” The total (amount of the municipal spending on the arts from that hotel tax) typically has come to about $10 million a year. Out of that money they fund about $4M arts grants…”

What a great idea!  Let’s adopt a similar 1% tax on hotel charges here!  No need to invent the wheel–it works in Los Angeles, surely it can work here.

Los Angeles, like all cities (states, nations), is in a budget crunch and leaders have been threatening to take away that dedicated stream of funding to the arts but arts advocates prevailed and the money will continue to go to the arts as in the past.  Yeah!

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