PV state rep co-sponsors bill allowing private funding of Kansas arts commission

Kay Wolf (R)
State Rep. Kay Wolf of Prairie Village was one of 40 Republicans to sponsor a bill introduced on the House floor that would allow taxpayers to donate money to the arts.

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.