Sen. Rick Scott: Government Misfires in Funding the Arts

December 18, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Rick Scott released an episode of his series in partnership with the Heritage Foundation: How Washington Wastes Your Money. See previous Washington Waste Wednesday features HERE.

Today’s episode focuses on what happens when Washington gets involved in the arts – waste and misuse of taxpayer dollars. We all can support research and appreciate the arts, but the federal government spends $300 million a year on arts and humanities, including funding expensive projects that don’t provide any return on investment for taxpayers.

For example, this year’s spending bills include $25 million for the “operation, maintenance and security” of the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and a $7.25 million increase in funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, the largest increase in a decade. These spending increases might be nice to have, but with $23 trillion in national debt, Congress needs to make some tough choices.


See more in the video HERE or below.