Monday, June 12, 2006

Malloy Proposes $10 million in Arts Funding

Rell hasn't embraced the arts like Rowland once did, and JDS embraced Rowland and his delivery of state funding. So here is Malloy offering a funding plan for the arts. According to the AP article $10 million each year. You'd think that our local press would have covered this, but this showed up in Long Island's Newsday. With the Arts & Ideas Festival running in New Haven you'd think that some local news entity would have picked up on this.


"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

21 comments:

bluecoat said...

another take on the poll fro the guv race is here from the Norwalk Advocate

Chris MC said...

Candidates usually get a bump from the party convention, but Malloy's numbers changed little. [...] Schwartz said.

This is true on the national level, but on the state level? I wonder what he is basing this on? When was the last time we had a contested state convention for Governor from either party, and how often does it happen? Did Curry or Rowland see a meaningful change in their numbers four years ago? If anybody has some data on this, the question is genuine.

Wrath of Conn said...

Good for Malloy. Investing in the arts is not only important on a cultural level, but it really helps out urban centers. And you're right, it was one area that Rowland actually did well, but Rell has ignored.

Orlando5587 said...
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turfgrrl said...

Chris Mc,

Part of the lack of bounce could also be that too much post convention media attention was spent on Lieberman's race. It's the greatest irony that in this day and age with so many "news" outlets, the diversity of coverage is strangely lacking.

Orlando5587 said...

that's the thing about this race though - it's always going to be second-place in terms of coverage in the news. the fact that malloy didn't do much for almost two weeks after the convention didn't help him either. when destefano was out there talking it up with reporters like four times a week - malloy thought this was a presidential and that his win would mean free media would flaunt to him. unfortunately, nobody pays enough attention to see it that way on a state level - not to mention the convention vote was a squeaker.

arts funding is good, but wasn't he heckled by people at a recent debate who grilled him for letting an arts center close in stamford? i mean, i would love to see the arts expanded in this state because rell has indeed done nothing, but don't just put it out there right now because new haven is hosting the arts & ideas festival.

it almost fits this "me too" persona that malloy is unfortunately making for himself. everything is a "me too."

universal healthcare? me too.

oh shit there's an art festival in new haven! let's throw a "me too" and some empty money so it looks like we care about the arts too.

turfgrrl said...

Orlando5587,

I don't think Malloy came out with the arts program just because of the art and ideas festival. There are in fact festivals going on all the time in this state. My point was that the press, didn't write about the proposal despite the fact that this time of year is full of arts related activities.

Orlando5587 said...

a different question - every other political blog i see in ct is totally focused on the lamont campaign. why is connecticut local politics not talking that much about it at all? there's like one story every ten stories and ned lamont is the biggest political story in this state.

turfgrrl said...

Orlando5587,

Because Lamont is not the biggest story in Connecticut. Most people in Connecticut don't know who Lamont is. There is a radical ant-war and anti-Lieberman community, mostly online, that have devoted endless hours into promoting their chief raison d'etre. But once you get outside the supermarkets and ask you average Connecticut voter, they are happy with their incumbents and unaware that there is an election this fall. But they sure notice traffic and gas prices.

Chris MC said...

Orlando -

You're right, until at least the primary, Lamont is the big story. Tim Russert isn't interviewing anyone about the crucial fight over the Connecticut Democratic Gubernatorial.

If Lamont loses on August 8, that will change, if not, well, perhaps it shouldn't.

But as you say, the Lamont fans are dominating most of the blogosphere, and have attempted to do so here as well, without success. The rest of us - however we might feel about Lamont v Lieberman, would like to discuss other topics as well.

Given the dearth of coverage that turfgrrl points out, this might rather a bastion of broad scope journalism on Connecticut politics. GC's wiki project is a great example, if we all follow-through on that.

FWIW.

Wrath of Conn said...

"it almost fits this "me too" persona that malloy is unfortunately making for himself. everything is a "me too."

universal healthcare? me too.

oh shit there's an art festival in new haven! let's throw a "me too" and some empty money so it looks like we care about the arts too."


This is off base for a couple of reasons. Firstly, Malloy released his plan for covering kids first, as we discussed on this board the other day, that plan talked about moving towards universal healthcare. So, while DeStefano did come out with a comprehensive plan first (and by all means give him whatever credit for that you feel he should get), it isn't fair to say Malloy is playing "me too" when the fact is he was the first candidate to talk about that issue publically.

Second, and this point was made, but there are arts events happening all the time. Claiming that this one event caused Malloy to issue a reactionary policy proposal makes little sense.

I'm Not Harry Reid said...

"Tim Russert isn't interviewing anyone about the crucial fight over the Connecticut Democratic Gubernatorial."

That's because it ain't crucial. Whoever wins is going to get crushed. They're both fighting for 2010.

TSCowperthwait said...

I enjoy art but why does the government need to fund it? I would rather see art funded through private sources only and the saved money put towards greater needs (like a healthcare program or property tax reduction).

Mmmm Jodi Rell said...

Hey wrath . . .

Its not just that DeStefano had a comprehensive plan first. Its also that DM went on television that night and said DeStefano's plan for covering everyone didn't "make a lot of sense."

Maybe I'll call up my friends at the RNC and buy a surplus flip-flop costume to wear to Malloy events.

Wrath of Conn said...

mmmm Jodi Rell,

This was covered in that thread, which you know. Malloy was on record before DeStefano many times saying he was FOR universal healthcare. You choose to take one comment, without seeing the context around it, and ignore everything else. You choose to do this because you're a DeStefano supporter.

Anyone looking at his record would stack up the mountain of evidence showing he is FOR it against one vague comment and come to the conclusion that he has always supported universal healthcare.

Someone who posts videos of his opponent set to triumphant music on other blogs might, well, try and spin it the other way.

disgruntled_republican said...

Orlando -

Welcome. Lamont is not the only thing talked about on this blog for a variety of issues first of which is that we are not all "liberal" bloggers here. Genghis Conn, the creator of this blog has worked hard to make sure there is a good varietry of stories and perspectives. That said, there are 6 contributors here with 2 each from the center, left perspective and right (Myself included oin the right). Lamont may be the biggest issue to some but to all...that's why, in my opinon, this blog has become so popular.

bluecoat said...

DG: it's also has to do with the fact that most of us live in CT and not Disneyworld...

BRubenstein said...

Turfgrrl...since when is being anti the Iraq war "radical"? Most americans beilieve the war is wrong.....are we also un-american?

GMR said...

Tim Russert isn't talking about Malloy vs. JDS because the policy differences between them are fairly minor, and Rell is almost certain to cruise to victory.

The Lamont vs. Lieberman election is for a Federal office, not for a state office, so people outside of CT are more apt to care about it. The election also features a former VP candidate of the Democrats.

But most importantly, Russert is talking about it because it may be an indicator of how the Democratic base will respond to a candidate who voted for the war.

bluecoat said...

BR: turrffy is swinging to the left and swinging to the right on Iraq as if she was Diane Farrell...she's tough to follow...against Shays because of his position on Iraq - see the last thread - but pro Joe because it's OK to differ as long as the one big issue is just Iraq...

turfgrrl said...

bluecoat,

heh, although I admire the righty lefty popeye imagery, if you take a look at what I've said about the Iraq war, it's been pretty consistent. I'll reiterate it here: The Bush administration should not have gone into Iraq in the first place. But now that they've screwed things up, and we've destroyed the economy and stability of the country, we need to reposition what it is we should be doing. Following Joe Biden's logic, split the country into zones, invite the UN and/or Nato, sort out the various theological tribes, and put together a marshall plan for the mideast, involve the rest of the world etc. Ok, its overly simplified.

Re: Shays vs. Farrell. Shays is a nice guy, but I don't think this country can survive another 2 years of the GOP controlling all branches of the government. The GOP just can't govern. So, as a voter in CT, there is only one vote that I can make that will actually accomplish something to stop the fiscal and governance irresponsibility of this administration, and that is voting for Diane Farrell. I wish Diane would actually articulate that, it reduces the campaign to one central issue: Either vote for continuing this big government trainwreck or vote for change.