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This week's panel includes Sharon Pinkenson, Rebecca Rhynhart, and Danny Simmons.
Photo credit Courtesy of Sharon Pinkenson, Rebecca Rhynhart, and Danny Simmons
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — This week on Flashpoint: Host and KYW Community Affairs reporter Cherri Gregg asks the burning questions about Mayor Jim Kenney's proposed budget for Philadelphia. 

Kenney described it as "painful." It includes a tax increase, layoffs and elimination of whole departments, including the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy. 

In recent weeks, the arts community has rallied, hoping to find alternatives that would save the OACCE. The Greater Philadelphia Film Office could also lose some of its funding, as well as the African American Museum of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. 

So are there alternatives? Can the programs be saved? Sharon Pinkenson, executive director for the Greater Philadelphia Film Office, joins City Controller Rebecca Rhynhart and Danny Simmons of Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation.

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