Cutting Kentucky's Pork

By Tara Hettinger | 

The Bluegrass Institute says it's time to go through and to clean up the pork in Kentucky's budget.

One of the ways they suggest is to cut spending for the arts.

A publication by the group released on Tuesday says over a million dollars is being "wasted" on arts.

Jim Waters of the institute says the debt should be left to the local communities and not the state as a whole.

But for Horse Cave, that could have a huge consequence.

"If the theatre folded, the town would fold up and blow away," says Robert Brock of the Kentucky Repertory Theatre.

The book quoted Kentucky Repertory Theatre as receiving $52,000, which is just a portion of their budget.

The Capital Arts Alliance also receives state funding, and without it Executive Director Mike Thomas says it would also have to close.

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