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Legislature Restores Budget Increase for MCC

(7/29/2015) The Massachusetts Legislature voted overwhelmingly today to restore more than $2 million in additional state funding for the arts, humanities, and sciences through the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC).

The House and Senate voted separately to restore $2.37 million to MCC’s budget, overriding the Governor’s earlier veto of the increase. State funding for MCC will be $14.16 million for FY16, up from $11.79 million in FY15. The new fiscal year began July 1.

The votes came after the Cultural Caucus circulated a letter to the Legislature’s leadership asking it to support the override. The letter was written by the Caucus Co-Chairs, Senator Dan Wolf of Harwich and Representative Smitty Pignatelli of Lenox. “It is imperative that we continue to provide the MCC with the necessary resources to continue the great work it does in the Commonwealth,” their letter stated.

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MCC's Case Statement for Increased Public Investment in Arts & Culture

Cover image for "It Works. Work It... We Make Creativity Work for Massachusetts"The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) released a case statement on the benefits of arts and cultural funding to the state’s economy, communities, and the education of our young people – and what long-term reinvestment in MCC's work can accomplish. We will be sharing it with the Massachusetts legislature this budget season along with our FY16 budget request.

It Works. Work It...
We Make Creativity Work for Massachusetts


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MCC FY16 Budget Request Totals $15 Million

The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) seeks an FY16 state appropriation of $15 million, an increase of $3 million from the current fiscal year. The agency will put these funds to work toward:

  • A healthy state economy that benefits from a robust nonprofit cultural sector, cultural tourism, and a creative workforce.

  • More vital, livable communities flourishing with arts and cultural activities accessible to all.

  • Young people who possess the knowledge, imagination, and creativity to succeed in school, careers, and civic life.

  • A nonprofit cultural sector that opens its doors to young and old of all backgrounds and abilities, regardless of income.

Read complete FY16 budget request.

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Learn More About Your State Elected Officials

Who are they? What are their priorities? How can arts and culture help them achieve their public policy goals?

Contact MCC's Greg Liakos to share your stories of how arts and culture are making your community a better place, or to request information or assistance.

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