Drumbeat for the arts: Lieutenant governor candidates pledge support at forum


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Republican lieutenant governor candidate Sue Ellerman Ellspermann addresses the audiance during a forum at Columbus City Hall Friday September 14, 2012. Espermann and Vi Simpson, the Democrat candidate for lieutenant governor, each addressed the role the arts would play in their administrations and responded to questions. (Joe Harpring | The Republic)


Democrat lieutenant governor candidate Vi Simpson, right chats before a forum at Columbus City Hall Friday September 14, 2012. Sue Ellspermann, Republican, and Simpson, each addressed the role the arts would play in their administrations and responded to questions. (Joe Harpring | The Republic)


Indiana’s major-party political candidates for lieutenant governor both endorsed funding increases for the arts during a political forum Friday in Columbus City Hall.

The main difference in their positions, however, was how quickly extra dollars could be dedicated to boost those efforts.

State Sen. Vi Simpson, D-Ellettsville, advocated that part of a $2 billion surplus in the state’s $11 billion annual budget should be used to bolster sagging arts support.

State Rep. Sue Ellspermann, R-Ferdinand, agreed that the Indiana Arts Commission needs a bigger budget, but said boosting it could take time.

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