• 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:
    https://malegislature.gov/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 of the House budget.

    To review the Senate FY 2017 proposed Budget:
    https://malegislature.gov/Budget/FY2017/Senate

    There are several line items MALC is watching. (Note the line items are the same in the Governor’s, House, and Senate budgets.)

    MassArt and the MCC line items

    We will highlight two of the line items in this post:

    MassArt’s budget (line item 7117-0100) is $18,481,083.  (Note the final House FY2017 budget funded MassArt at $17,899,354).

    Mass Cultural Council’s budget (line item 0640-0300) is $13,000,000.  (Note, the final House FY2017 budget funded MCC at $12,189,000.)

    The Senate Ways & Means funded the MCC at a higher level than the final House FY17 budget, which is a good. However, the MCC’s current budget for this year, FY16, is just over $14 million. So the Senate Ways & Means in its FY17 budget actually cut the MCC’s funding by just over $1 million dollars.

    Please help restore the MCC’s funding

    Senator Eric P. Lessor is filing an amendment to restore/increase the MCC’s budget. Please call your State Senator and urge them  co-sign on to his amendment to restore the MCC budget. make sure you say the his amendment is for “line item  0640-0300, the MCC/state arts council’s budget“.

    How to find who your state senator is click here:
    http://www.wheredoivotema.com/bal/myelectioninfo.aspx

    Stay tuned!

    Tomorrow, our blog post will focus on the libraries, MOTT and the film tax credit.

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    The goal of the Massachusetts Artists Leaders Coalition (MALC) is to ensure that Massachusetts artists of all disciplines have a voice in public dialogs, decisions, and key public policy initiatives that impact the artists community and the creative economy. MALC works to ensure that artists have a permanent place at the policy making table.