Arts orgs react threatened by NJ state budget cuts

    A slashing of public arts funding in the latest New Jersey budget got a hearing in Trenton.

    A slashing of public arts funding in the latest New Jersey budget got a hearing in Trenton.

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    Cultural groups testified that they will have major problems making ends meet if budget cuts ordered by Governor Corzine are instituted. Erin Dougherty of the Historial Society of Princeton says grant money has helped them expand their operation.

    Dougherty: New Jersey Historical Commission and New Jersey Cultural Trust Grants have provided a base of support to grow and become a strong economic engine in Princeton. We attract visitors to downtown Princeton who shop at local stores, eat at local restaurants stay at local hotels and purchase local newspapers.

    Assembly Budget Chairman Louis Greenwald says the budget is not final yet, and there will be reviews of all the testimony before making a final decision on the spending plan.

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