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Arts Spending Cut as 2012 Federal Budget Work Begins

The House Appropriations Committee, which pushed for deep cuts in federal spending in 2011, is starting to signal which programs it hopes to trim in 2012.

Among the first casualties in the nonprofit world: spending on the arts.

The key Republican-led committee, which is now drafting a number of budget bills, on Tuesday adopted legislation that would reduce spending on the National Endowment for the Arts from just under $155-million in 2011 to $135-million next fiscal year.

Americans for the Arts…