Do It Yourself Advocacy! A new blog series by Massachusetts Artists Leaders Coalition

    Senate Budget Roundup (Part One: MassArt & the MCC)

    by  • May 17, 2016 • Calls to Action, DIYA, News

    Today the the Massachusetts Senate Ways & Means Committee, which is responsible for crafting the Senate’s budget, released its Senate FY 2017 Budget. This is the third step in our state’s budget process:

    The first step of the budget process was the release of the Governor’s budget. The second step was the release and finalization...

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    Senate Budget Released on May 17th

    by  • May 15, 2016 • DIYA, Legislation, News

    Heads up!

    It is going to a very busy two weeks up at the Massachusetts State House.

    The Senate Ways & Means budget is slated to be released on Tuesday, May 17th at 11am.  Amendments to the Senate budget will more than likely need to be filed by Friday, May 20th, and on Tuesday, May 24th,...

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    Important recap of the FY17 House Budget & MCC House Budget Amendment

    by  • April 28, 2016 • DIYA, Legislation, News

    One of MALC’s key goals, in addition to advocacy, is to educate those who are advocating about how the legislative processes work. By understanding the process, your voice will be effectively heard and you will gain the trust of your legislative representatives.

    A case-in-point is the recent House budget decision to cut funding for the Massachusetts Cultural Council....

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    Important House Budget Update: MCC funding

    by  • April 27, 2016 • DIYA, Issues, News

    Unfortunately, the amendment to fund the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) to $17 million did NOT pass. See Amendment #344 for line item 0640-0300:

    As you may recall, the Governor level-funded the MCC at $14 million in his FY2017 Budget, while the House Budget proposed funding for the MCC at $10 million (a four million...

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    Floor Debates And Bundled Legislation

    by  • April 27, 2016 • DIYA, Issues, Legislation

    UPDATE ON Massachusetts Cultural Council budget amendment #344 https://malegislature.gov/Bills/189/House/H4200/Amendment/House/344/OriginalText

    Amendment #344 is classified with other amendments under the policy-centered grouping “Labor and Economic Development“. MALC is hoping it will be bundled into Consolidated “H” and will be up for a vote today, Wednesday, April 27. MALC hopes the funding will stay at $17...

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    How To Watch The MA House Budget Debate

    by  • April 25, 2016 • DIYA, Events, Legislation, News

    House budget debate begins today!

    Today, the House is slated to start its debate on the proposed House budget at 10am. When either the House or Senate is in what is called “formal session”, the State House, by law, needs to remain open to the public. This means if the debate goes into the late...

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