State Arts Agency Legislative Appropriations Preview Fiscal Year 2021

This report provides a forecast of state government funding for the arts in fiscal year 2021. The preliminary information
published within this report has a far greater degree of uncertainty than normal, due in large part to the global
COVID-19 pandemic, which is adversely affecting state and jurisdictional budgets across the nation.

Data presented in this report were collected before most states began a new fiscal year on July 1. Thirty-three states went through the budgeting process this year, and 17 states will continue into the second year of their biennial
budget. Normally, 46 states would begin their fiscal years on July 1. Due to COVID-19, however, several states are changing their budget processes, whether that be extending FY2020 past July, passing continuing resolutions or enacting short-term budgets.

As of August 4, 2020, 43 states have enacted full-year budgets for FY2021. In addition, many states will revisit enacted budgets in the coming months to adjust for shifting revenue and expense conditions.

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