"As a state government agency, however, the Oklahoma Arts Council notes that in fact it cannot raise its own funding. Nor does Crockroft's letter say how, exactly, $4 million in existing private donations likely to be diverted away from arts programs across the state to fund the agency might be made up. Finally, the state would also lose its $750,000 federal grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, further widening the funding gap."I think the paragraph above needs to be plastered on as many billboards across the state as possible. The Times goes on to report that the bill was generated by the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs, a right-leaning ideas group funded in part by the Koch brothers. On their website, there's a section called "What Would Reagan Do?" Well, Reagan worked toward a dismantling of the National Endowment for the Arts! the OCPA knows it, they pushed it on newbie Cockroft, he wants to appeal to tea-party inclined voters and keep his legislative seat. Kid is 23, remember.
One more piece of the puzzle that shows that not only are Oklahoma's citizens blindly going with the flow, so are its legislators.