Gov. Sam Brownback's fiscal 2013 budget proposal includes $200,000 for the Kansas Arts Commission, which he would merge with the state film commission into a Creative Industries Commission within the Department of Commerce. It's to the governor's credit that he learned from last year's debacle, when he overruled the Legislature to make Kansas the first state in the nation to end arts funding and lost $1.3 million in federal and regional matching dollars. But it would be better if he restored arts funding to its fiscal 2011 level of $815,000 and just revived the free-standing arts agency that served the state's cultural life so well for 45 years. Plus, Brownback would make even the $200,000 contingent on whether the arts can prove their value to his administration via an economic impact statement – a redundant and unnecessary hurdle given the agency's track record, and for a spending category that represented just 0.014 percent of the state general fund.