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Legislative appropriations for Michigan arts agencies are projected at $10 million for fiscal year 2020. The amount equates to $1 per capita in the state, according to a report from the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA).

There was no change in the amount of Michigan legislative funding between fiscal years 2019 and 2020. However, the NASAA analysis doesn’t take into account the tri-county tax approved by voters in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties in 2012.

That tax was scheduled to sunset after 10 years, after raising an estimated $230 million and funding a swath of Southeastern Michigan cultural entities including the Detroit Institute of Arts. In exchange, all residents of the three counties were promised free regular admission. However, the Detroit Arts Authority, which oversees the tri-county effort, has recently announced it will seek an early renewal of the millage in March 2020.

As a whole, the state’s $1 per-capita funding for arts agencies ranks Michigan as 24th among all 50 states and the District of Columbia, the analysis said. The federal government will charge taxpayers on average $47.88 for the arts in 2020. Washington D.C. has the highest per capita collection in the nation, projected to collect $33.6 million in 2020.

At the other end of the spectrum is Wisconsin, which is projected to collect $790,000 in 2020, a per capita expense of $0.14.

The NASAA identifies a number of ways state governments provide revenue to arts agencies, but the primary source of funds is a state’s general fund, according to the report. Other sources of arts agency funding include special taxes or fees, lottery and gaming taxes, specialty arts license plates and income tax checkoffs.

The assembly surveys state arts agencies biannually to update its database on appropriations and revenues going to arts programs.

Regional Editor

Bruce Walker is a regional editor at The Center Square. He previously worked as editor at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy’s MichiganScience magazine and The Heartland Institute’s InfoTech & Telecom News.