The Tampa Bay Times reported, “In 2017, the state allowed $25 million for arts projects. This year, it dropped to $2.6 million — nearly 90 percent less. Those funds will be split among 489 organizations approved through the state’s Department of Cultural Affairs… Arts funding has grown smaller by the year, from $43 million in 2014 to $35 million in 2015. Two years later, the contribution slid by an additional 30 percent. This year’s budget cuts drop Florida’s ranking in per capita appropriations from 10th in the country to 48th, according to the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies.”  Guests:  State Sen. Keith Perry (R-Gainesville), Dr. Dakeyan C. (Dre') Graham, Ph. D. (Director of Bands, King High School), Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, Flora Maria Garcia (CEO, United Arts of Central Florida), Joshua Vickery (CEO, Central Florida Community Arts), Cole NeSmith (Creative City Project IMMERSE).