Several Johnson County lawmakers have signed onto a bill that would give taxpayers another way to donate to the arts.
The check-off box would allow you to donate money in addition to whatever you owe in taxes or divert some of your refund to the Kansas Arts Commission.
The proposal would allow taxpayers to donate in increments of $1, $5 or $10 or an amount an otherwise specified amount.
The current state tax form allows taxpayers to donate to four programs: Chickadee Check-off, Senior Citizen Meals on Wheels Contribution Program, breat cancer research and military emergency relief.
This is the latest attempt by the state to raise money for the arts after Gov. Sam Brownback vetoed $689,000 in state arts funding last year. The governor claimed that too much money went into adminstrative costs and not actual arts programs.
The governor's veto was followed by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Mid-America Arts Alliance cutting Kansas off from an additional $1.3 million in funding.
The new arts commission, created by the governor, plans to sell special license plates to promote the arts. At one point, it was believed the special license plates might generate between $12,000 and $50,000 a year.