by John Stoehr
The Post and Courier reported today that South Carolina's state budget has been stripped of $246,000 alloted for Spoleto Festival USA . . .
[The move] quickly caught the eye of Senate Minority Leader John Land. The Manning Democrat's wife serves on Spoleto's board. "Every dollar they get helps South Carolina," Land said.
And the dollars they don't get will be devastating, Spoleto Director Nigel Redden said.
"The money from the state is the difference between a healthy, vital organization and our being very severely damaged and potentially going out of business," Redden said. State funding for the arts festival has been cut in previous budgets and vetoed by Gov. Mark Sanford, but it has typically been restored.