• Senate Budget Roundup (Part Two: Film Tax Credit & the Libraries)

    by  • May 18, 2016 • Calls to Action, DIYA, News

    As we mentioned in Part One, the Massachusetts Senate Ways & Means Committee is responsible for crafting and releasing the Senate’s budget. This is the third step in our state’s budget process. See: 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 of the House budget and the finalization of the House Budget.

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

    First, some “good news”!

    The Senate budget does not contain any language to change or end our state’s film tax credit program. (Note: we need to be on the lookout for anti-film tax credit amendments to the Senate budget.)

    The breakdown on the Library line items
    Line item Name Amount
    7000-9101 Board of Library Commissioners $1,147,491
    7000-9401 State Aid to Regional Libraries $9,883,482
    7000-9501 State Aid to Public Libraries $9,000,000
    7000-9506 Technology & Resource Sharing $2,376,564
    7000-9508 Massachusetts Center for the Book no funding amount present in the senate budget
    Ask your State Senator to co-sponsor three amendments for the libraries!
    Line item Name Sponsor
    7000-9101 Board of Library Commissioners Senator Kathleen O’Connor-Ives
    7000-9401 State Aid to Regional Libraries Senator Michael Rush
    7000-9506 Technology & Resource Sharing Senator Kathleen O’Connor-Ives
    Remember, also, to make sure your State Senator cosponsors Senator Eric P. Lessor’s budget amendment for the Mass Cultural Council – Line item 0640-0300!

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

    Stay Tuned!

    Tomorrow: Part Three – MOTT (Mass Office of Travel and Tourism)

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