The Trump administration has released its 2020 budget proposal, and once again, its plan calls for the elimination of the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA). This is the third year in a row Trump’s administration has proposed cutting funding for the organization.
According to the Hill, the proposal states, “The Administration does not consider the NEA activities to be core Federal responsibilities.”
The 2020 plan would not only scuttle the $126 million typically awarded to the NEA, but also the $435 million given to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which funds public radio stations such as PBS and NPR.
Trump’s proposed budget would mark yet another major change for the NEA. Late last year, Mary Anne Carter replaced the Obama-appointed Jane Chu as chairman of the NEA. Carter, who is a former policy advisor to Rick Scott, was appointed for her “commitment to the arts [that] stems from the challenges faced by her child with dyslexia. Finding schools that employ the arts as a teaching method make the learning process both productive and enjoyable for her daughter.”