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that the state doesn’t provide much help for the arts; the state also, he said, has no program for emotionally disturbed children. If the choice is between spending some tax dollars on emotionally disturbed children and spending them on something like the arts for which there is significant private support, he said, the average legislator will pick the kids. With eyebrows arched, the commissioner responded, “Oh, but if we had more money for the arts, there would be no emotionally disturbed children.” Such blueblood inanities aside, however, more effective advocates know how to make an economic argument for increased funding. Tieman Dippel, a Brenham banker and chairman of the commission’s legislative appropriation committee, is the new budget’s most enthusiastic backer. He is also, he told the Observer quite emphatically, “a business-oriented, chamber-ofcommerce-type fiscal conservative” who has made plenty of speeches in favor of limitations on government spending. But this little state agency asking for an 850 percent budget increase is different, he saysthe money TCAH wants won’t be an expenditure, it will be a capital investment that will pay for itself many times over. Pic Swartz, an executive of San Antonio’s Tobin Surveys who takes over as TCAH chairman September 1, also claims that spending for the arts will stimulate a flow of revenue back into the state. They say strong cultural resources will create jobs and attract lots of tourists and new businessesespecially migrating corporations. A couple of examples: Shell Oil has cited Houston’s cultural institutions and lively arts scene as one major reason it chose to move to the Bayou City. The Dallas Museum of Fine Arts has landed the latest world-class touring show, the “Pompeii AD 79” exhibit that has been packing them in all over Europe and just closed in Boston after drawing record crowds. The Dallas museum expects 350,000 to 400,000 people to visit, and the citythe only one in the South or West on the exhibit’s routeexpects a geometric increase in its convention business during the period next winter when the show will be in town. Economic development is the mainstay of the gospel being preached not only by the commission and its staff, but by all the lobbying groups. They say likely to carry weight with the Legislature than anything else they can come up with. Regardless of what one thinks of number one, and regardless of whether one feels the arts ought to be enjoyed and supported for their own sake, one does have to grant them point number two. L.R. Stationers Mailers Typesetters High Speed Web Offset Publication Press Counseling Designing Copy Writing Editing Trade Computer Sales and Services COmpiete Computer Data Processing Services #141TURA “$1 11H1111 /Mkt ILL -LI/ -, IFIUPTILBRA 512/442-7836 1714 South Congress P.O. Box 3485 Austin, Texas 78764 k f ’40. T z ier , = ,2.7.: Allr/W ` 4w” –4 ‘”16/A1MV.IP4 14431r 1’-‘7rffir Pati.,W 42014744 11 >en kc ,0417,,riXi. 1″42 .*110114111-k Al ir j oik?. 7,,,, 4:!. s ‘ ‘ . –, c.,..—‘ 0 ottai -u 1AVA-z, ‘641.:94P .4TAIti \\”.40/1.C4100,.,\(49% ‘: i’e_. -.41, A ‘ ‘ Apsio, kk a gfLAN ,4 –44riite0″41 7 .1-`’ , “-r.AN4 ok 4k itOtit ‘ . ‘3:s–41-&11.9-411-7.2.r.:4,…. ft-. I$:Attr;AlkC irir; fIT:ereiift/7:77::1 414,0, CA,%e l 4,q, ‘V’ ‘7;i’ ‘ 0.4 e triv 4Mi Ai 1 I ; Delicious Xfdia _ , `1417;f 4;46 . . V MS Illik o .:. it i t Ili .3ti 0111*,t0 V ;SC . i w,t, is c y .,z. ..v. ,..4,t 4.1,_-_,t .i 4i40 mt . . Ali #.414’ Er ktil DINNERSett4 ..: l, 1, ,w -.., O …..41\\N t4e-i. .Alz ,:,,trI t cli A –s -ig:9,t 4 4, 61t162 A fi ki ‘WV 4 NIS ,Nwel mz..7i I: :: ‘SzlitAgi 414 BARTON SPRINGS AT SOUTH 1ST , MiA htW AUSTIN, TEXAS 51:”Zo r e %_4:, ,-.ii 512/476-4838 ! –,…:, 0.,10qjrer4 17147%6.,4.7″‘ ue Ar”m 6j.., 14″1.44..”7 , i :’%’141-4Nte 4,”/L16t0, 910. ,Vd.:v., 4Alif0 12WItie.*2 .0N474;4111-:-Al f! oltZ ,.,.170;J: rir -io`Ri THE TEXAS OBSERVER 21