by Sarah Curry
Director of Fiscal Policy Studies
The Grassroots Science Museum Collaborative. Yup, your state tax dollars are spent on museums across the state. Normally I wouldn’t have a problem with this, but most of these still charge admission and some have a pretty hefty price tag on a ticket. Clearly, these museums are important local entities, visited by some and not visited by others. But it is not a core function of government, and should not be supported by general taxes on all North Carolina citizens. In FY-2015 the budget expanded the Grassroots Science Program to include three new museums: HandsOn! – A Child’s Gallery in Hendersonville, Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh, and Cowan Museum of History and Science in Kenansville.
Below is a map and list of the museums funded by the Grassroots Science Program – $2.5 million annually