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MARYLAND CUTS ARTS FUNDING TO KEEP CARDS

April 7, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

In order to offset the cost of additional tax credits aimed at keeping Netflix’s Capitol Hill drama House of Cards and other shows filming in Maryland, the state’s General Assembly plans to divert funds from the $2.5-million Special Fund for the Preservation of Cultural Arts, the Baltimore Sun reported on Sunday. The action set off an outcry by the Maryland Citizens for the Arts, whose executive director, John Schratweiser, issued a statement on Sunday saying, “Those being hurt by this decision are the Maryland arts organizations that serve Marylanders of all ages, day in and day out, that employ more than 12,000 Maryland residents and provide an annual economic impact to the state of over $1 billion.” But lawmakers have observed that House of Cards alone contributed $250 to the economy.