"I believe the time has come to step up our investment in the arts at the local and regional levels so that communities throughout the state _ from our cities to our small towns _ can enjoy the cultural, social and economic benefits of a thriving and vibrant arts community," Malloy said in a written statement.
Malloy's proposed Connecticut Arts and Cultural Enhancement Program would invest in artists, performers, historic sites, landmarks, community theaters and museums. It would be administered by the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism and funded by growth in state hotel tax revenue.
Malloy also wants to set aside up to $10 million to expand local aid for towns in eastern Connecticut most affected by the growth of the tourism industry.
News and notes from the Connecticut campaign trail
AP June 9th, 2006