Marc Ensign // Republican // Cache County Council (A+)
How have the arts, culture, and/or humanities impacted your life?
- The arts are what makes life worth living. I have always been a patron and supporter, and even more...for the last 6 years I served as the Chairman of the Board for the Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre in Logan Utah.
Utah's humanities and arts employ 123,000 Utahns, provide $4.4 billion in earnings, and $13.2 billion in sales. This is a larger economic impact than agriculture, mining, and real estate. Do you consider the arts and cultural sector an economic driver in Utah?
Fiscally responsible government investment in the arts and humanities (including humanities and arts education) means to me:
- 10-20% of annual budgets.
Items of Legislation I support:
- I support the RAP tax
- I will ensure existing fund balances are preserved for recreation, cultural organizations, and parks
- Percent for public art programs, which optionally designate 1% of government capital costs for public art
- My county's redevelopment authority should have a public art ordinance
- Friendly ordinances that encourage public and private mural creation
- Increased investment in public art projects to encourage murals, sculptures, utility wraps, and more
Would you elaborate on your answers above?
- Capital follows culture. We need to support the income producing assets in our community over the income consuming liabilities. To do otherwise is a death spiral.
I believe percent for art ordinances should apply to:
- Public buildings
- Private Developments
- All government capital projects
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