Yesterday morning, the White House released its budget proposal for the 2018 federal budget. Entitled, "America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great again," the proposal calls for elimination of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and the Institute for Museum and Library Services. Other agencies dear to us are zeroed out of the budget, too. By eliminating cultural programs, slashing education funding, and weakening protection for natural resources, the budget fails in its promises to "set free the dreams of every American...and begin a new chapter of American greatness."
The savings represented by these cuts will be a mere 0.02 percent of federal spending, but the loss of these agencies will be devastating to Ohio and to the nation.
The public humanities programs supported by Ohio Humanities and our partners in other states increase historical and cultural understanding, promote civil conversations, and create vibrant communities that are welcoming to all.
Congress has final authority for the federal budget. The Ohio Congressional delegation, both Senators and Representatives, has historically supported the work of Ohio Humanities in offering lifelong learning opportunities, and fostering civil conversations. NEH funding provides support for Ohio communities as they explore the stories that make us human and that are unique to Ohio.
And to that end, it is now more important than ever to remind Congress of how you know where you stand on these budget cuts.
Here's what you can do now:
- Tell your representative that great countries invest in their history and culture.Click here to send an email, or visit the Ohio Humanities advocacy page to send a letter.
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