BC Budget Visualization Tool
114 expenditures, ordered by gain (in blue) to loss (in red)
British Columbia's 'liberal' government has announced its plans to make staggering cuts to arts funding over the next year.
I created a dataset from the September Budget Update (www.bcbudget.gov.bc.ca/2009_Sept_Update/) to get a better handle on how these cuts fit in with the rest of the budget.
There are 114 items in the budget with expenditures of $1M or higher. Arts & Culture funding moves from the 57th highest expenditure at 19.5M in 2008/2009 to the 100th highest expenditure in 2009/2010 with less than 3.7M in funding.
When the 114 expenditures are ranked by gain or loss, the picture becomes even more clear. With a loss of more than 80%, Arts & Culture is suffers the second worst cuts - with the worst being another Arts-related line item!
This tool - built in Processing, will hopefully be released online shortly.