Schwarzenegger Opposes Fee on Arts Despite Lower Proposal

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Actor and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is opposing a proposed 5 percent fee on arts, sports and entertainment ticket sales in Ohio’s capital city as debate over the proposal continues.

Schwarzenegger says the fee will damage business in Columbus. Schwarzenegger says he doesn’t understand taxing sports events and giving the money to arts.

Schwarzenegger founded the city’s giant Arnold Sports Festival and Fitness Expo, which draws thousands of visitors each March and which also opposes the fee.

The opposition comes even after Columbus City Council dropped the proposal from 7 to 5 percent this week.

Backers include the Greater Columbus Arts Council and Protect Art 4 Columbus.