Backers said the bill would have secured $30 million or more each year for the California Arts Council, which has operated on $3 million to $5 million annual budgets since 2003 after peaking at $32 million in 2001.
Just $1 million now comes from the state’s tax-fed general fund — the minimum required to qualify for federal matching funds. . . . Without increasing taxes, [the new funding bill] would have boosted California’s 14 cents per capita arts spending, now last in the nation, close to the average of $1.21, as calculated by the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies.