Because those lil tykes aren’t pulling their weight.
The other bill to diversify funding for the California Arts Council uses a tax… no, an admission surcharge upon each patron of an entertainment venue. CAC gets the dough and gets back to the bidness of arts granting.
Just to be clear: in this bill race tracks and sporting events do not qualify as entertainment.
And we knew this: performances for the benefit of a nonprofit do not qualify as entertainment.
It’s an ingenious plan, she said, grasping for the exempted revenue as it fell into an inky void while scanning yet another headline about how concert promotions anticipate another set of sad, sad, so sad and depressive summer profits not due to Morrisey (I’m sick.. and sad!) comebacks.
Assembly Bill 655 (Leno)
This bill by Assemblyman Mark Leno will levy a one percent fee on admissions at all entertainment venues in the state, both private and non-profit. This one percent bill is estimated to generate upwards of $30 million to the Arts Council for distribution in grants, according to preliminary analysis from the Board of Equalization. This proposed revenue stream would stabilize arts funding and remove a great deal of pressure from the competition for General Fund dollars from all government sources that depend on it for their programs and operations.
The Leno bill, AB 655 will be heard on Tuesday in the Committee on Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism and Internet Media at 9 a.m. on April 19th.
The State Board of Equalization (you know… the TAX PEOPLE) analyzed the bill and raised interesting questions (like the ones I confront every day: is a professional wrestling event a sporting event?).
Mark Leno can be contacted here or via fax: (916) 319-2113.