For the HuffPo: NY Arts Advocates Target Cuts; Extent of Job Losses Unknown

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The following is my latest piece for the Huffington Post:

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How many jobs will be lost?

This has been the question since New York Gov. David Paterson announced a 40 percent cut to New York State Council on the Arts for the 2010-11 fiscal year.

In response, arts advocacy organizations are launching an all-hands-on-deck effort to force Paterson to retreat — or at least to convince members of the fractious, dysfunctional state legislature, nearly two months late in voting on a budget, from going along.

Trouble is, even as these groups ramp up public outreach, private outrage and quiet dialogues with state lawmakers, the absence of an easy-to-digest, one-sentence answer to the question “How many jobs will be lost?” is not helping their efforts.

Which is why Norma Munn, chairperson of the New York City Arts Coalition, is asking constituents to join a protest-email campaign currently underway across the state. In a communication with her membership, Munn asserted that lobbying Paterson, who is not running for reelection, is a lost cause: “Please do not spend your time on Gov. Paterson’s office. He has made his proposal. We need to focus where decisions will now be made.”

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