Moore's Unfounded Arts Claim
Dennis Moore, who has had problems with the truth during recent campaigns, recently wrote a column alleging an insanely high return on government investment in the arts:
"The numbers are impressive. For every $1,000 spent annually by a non-profit art business, the community reaps three full-time jobs with $90,554 in annual household income, an additional $2,623 in annual revenue for local governments and $3,479 for state governments. Specifically, a 2004 study to assess the effect of the non-profit arts industry on the five-county Kansas City metropolitan area found that the industry generated $297 million annually, created 4,516 full-time jobs, and drew $3 million in revenue for local governments. These numbers reflect only the direct economic benefits."
In the article Moore references an unnamed study from an unnamed source as the source for his claim.
Local Radio talk show host Jerry Agar reported that he called Moore's office and asked for a copy of the unnamed study Moore refers to in the article. Despite being told by Moore's staff that they would produce the unnamed study, 24 hours later Agar had not received the unnamed study.
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