Friday, August 28, 2009

The Indiscriminate Axe

Off My Desk
A. Kam Napier

August 2009: Honolulu, HI

Here’s a perfect example of government idiocy. Faced with a budget crunch, the state of Hawai‘i has proposed virtually eliminating two tiny, relatively inexpensive offices that actually make money for the state—the Hawai‘i state film commission and the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts. The film office is slated to lose four of its five staff (hat tip to the Star-Bulletin, more here). SFCA may lose 10 positions, including the executive director job, leaving one person to run the mandated Art in Public Places program, plus a handful of administrators (more on that here)."