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Haley wants to merge Arts Commission into State Museum

Gov. Nikki Haley wants to fold the S.C. Arts Commission into the State Museum, a move that would eliminate the arts group's board and director but leave intact its grants program.

Asked about Haley's proposal Tuesday by state House budget writers, Ken May, the commission's executive director, said, "It eliminates the Arts Commission, so you can imagine I'm not the biggest fan of that."

According to Haley's executive budget proposal, merging the Arts Commission and the State Museum would reduce the commission's personnel costs by 30 percent, including eliminating the executive director's $91,664-a-year position.

The agency's grants program, and some associated employees, would be transferred to the State Museum, a move that May says would result in the loss of some services that the commission provides.