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

    DIYA – MA Knowing the Political Players

    by  • January 23, 2015 • DIYA

    DIYA – MA Knowing the Political Players- Part One

    Artists of all disciplines can (and should) influence legislation and regulations that impact the artists community and the creative economy. Beneath the golden dome of the Massachusetts State House there are thousands of bills floating around (one of which, the state budget, allocates north of $30...

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    DIYA: Budget Process

    by  • January 21, 2015 • DIYA

    The state’s budget process is heating up. In the coming months, funding for Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16) will be set in place. Debates and deal making will abound, both in the view of the public and behind closed State House doors. Much of this will directly impact the creative sector.

    Advocates, citizens, lobbyists, state agencies,...

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    DIYA: 9c Cuts

    by  • January 16, 2015 • DIYA

    In November, Governor Deval Patrick used his “9c” authority to enact emergency budget cuts throughout executive branch agencies.* Here is a link to the letter regarding this cuts he presented to the legislature: http://www.mass.gov/anf/budget-taxes-and-procurement/state-budget/fy15-budget-info/fy15-budget-cut-information/governors-fy15-9c-filing-letter-.html

    Last week, Governor Charlie Baker took office and immediately put 9c cuts on the table.
    The state faces a...

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    DIYA: Bill Filing Process

    by  • January 12, 2015 • DIYA

    The 189th General Court of Massachusetts (the State Legislature) kicked off its two-year legislative session last week. It is abuzz with activity as representatives, senators, and staffers work to file legislation before this Friday, Jan. 16, at 5 p.m.

    By rule, all bills filed by the third Friday of January in a new legislative session...

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    DIYA: Leadership Changes and Shakeups

    by  • January 8, 2015 • DIYA


    n November 2014, twenty new members were elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives and five new members were elected to the State Senate. This Tuesday, these “freshmen” legislators, along with re-elected incumbents, were sworn into the 189th General Court of Massachusetts. Their first act was to elect a Speaker of the...

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    Get Your Advocacy On! 2015 Overview

    by  • January 5, 2015 • DIYA

    The state budget for Fiscal Year 2016 won’t be signed into law until the summer, but budget appropriations are already being penned. The New Year will bring shakeups in the Massachusetts House of Representatives and Senate, as well as the corner office. Our politicians are facing a revenue shortfall, and with local aid on...

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