MCC Amendment #315 now up to $15 million!
A second redraft of the MCC amendment #315, line item 0640-03000, shows MCC funding now up to $15 million!
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MALC supports Senator Eric P. Lesser’s amendment 315 “Massachusetts Cultural Council” for MCC funding. This amendment corresponds to line item 0640-0300: https://malegislature.gov/Bills/189/Senate/S4/Amendment/Senate/315/Text
The Senate budget proposal set MCC funding at $13,000,000 (now at $15,000,000). The final House FY2017 budget funded the MCC at $12,189,000.
MOTT & RTC Amendments
The Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism (MOTT) and the Regional Tourism Council (RTC) are a vital part of our state’s economy. They promote our state globally as a tourist destination. The MA Film office is funded under MOTT. There are 3 amendments MALC supports:
- Amendment 696 “Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism” boosts MOTT funding from$343,666 a little more than $2.8 million. It corresponds to line item 7008-0900:
- Amendment 821 “Regional Tourism Councils” authorizes RTCs to spend up to 20 percent of their funding on administrative services. It corresponds to line item 7008-0900.
- Amendment 823 “Regional Tourism Councils Funding Allocation” further authorizes fiscal assistance to RTCs. It corresponds to line item 7008-0900
The senate also created a new Outside Section regarding MOTT funding that establishes a funding mechanism for MOTT and the RTC’s that would amount to almost $10 million.
Here is the outside section language for MOTT:
SECTION 24. Chapter 23A of the General Laws is hereby amended by striking out section 13T, inserted by section 27 of chapter 287 of the acts of 2014, and inserting in place thereof the following section:-
(a) There shall be a Massachusetts Tourism Trust Fund which shall be administered by the Massachusetts marketing partnership established in section 13A and held by the partnership separate and apart from its other funds. There shall be credited to the fund $10,000,000 from the room occupancy excise imposed by section 3 of chapter 64G and section 22 of chapter 546 of the acts of 1969.
(b) There shall also be credited to the fund all revenue as designated under the Gaming Revenue Fund pursuant to subclause (b) of clause (2) of section 59 of chapter 23K.
(c) All available money in the fund that is unexpended at the end of each fiscal year shall not revert to the General Fund and shall be available for expenditure by the fund in the subsequent fiscal year.
(d) Money in the fund shall be applied as follows:
(i) 40 per cent to the Massachusetts marketing partnership; and
(ii) 60 per cent to regional tourism councils.
(e) The partnership shall submit an annual report not later than December 31 on the cost-effectiveness of the fund to the clerks of the senate and house of representatives and the joint committee on tourism, arts and cultural development. The report shall be made available on the office of travel and tourism’s website. The report shall include: (i) expenditures made by the partnership from money out of the fund to promote tourism; (ii) expenditures made by the partnership for administrative costs; (iii) expenditures made by the regional tourism councils to promote tourism; and (iv) expenditures made by the regional tourism councils for administrative costs.
The state’s library system is crucial to providing intellectual resources to all residents, especially economically disadvantaged individuals. There are 4 amendments MALC supports:
- Amendment 274 “Center for the Book” ensures the Center for the Book organization continues its work as a public-private partnership. It corresponds to line item 7000-9506
- Amendment 285 “Board of Library Commissioners” boosts board funding by a little over $77,000. It corresponds to line item 7000-9101.
- Amendment 286 “Library Technology and Resource Sharing” boosts library funding from $2.3 million to $2.7 million. It corresponds to line item 7000-9506
- Amendment 309 “Library for the Commonwealth” funds the Massachusetts Library System (MLS), which is headquartered in Marlboro and Northampton, and the Library for the Commonwealth (LFC) at the Boston Public Library. Together, they provide statewide library services that are an integral part of the library resource sharing across Massachusetts. The request for this MBLC line of $10,940,475 in Senate amendment number 309 addresses the funding needs of MLS and LFC so that each organization can maintain their current services and support to the libraries in the Commonwealth and the residents they serve.It corresponds to line item 7000-9401
Film Tax Credit Program
MALC strongly supports the state’s film tax credit program. We have joined with groups throughout the state, such as the Massachusetts Production Coalition (MPC), to defend the program from an onslaught of attacks during the past few years. The current Senate budget proposal contains no language aimed at weakening or destroying the program. However, we must be vigilant against any attempts to slip in such an amendment during budget debates this week.
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