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Agency Testifies in Support of Governor’s H. 2 Spending Plan

Bethann Steiner, Senior Director of Public Affairs

Mass Cultural Council Seeks $25.5M Budget Appropriation for Arts & Culture

photo of a long table with various legislators seated by hear testimony
The legislature’s Joint Ways & Means Committee hearing in Gloucester.

Mass Cultural Council was invited to testify before the Joint Committees on Ways & Means this afternoon at a public hearing held at Gloucester City Hall to discuss the Governor’s budget recommendations related to economic development, labor, and housing in her H. 2 FY25 spending plan.

Deputy Executive Director David Slatery and Senior Director of Public Affairs Bethann Steiner represented the Agency at the hearing. Their presentation offered thanks and appreciation for the Governor’s $25.5 million funding recommendation for Mass Cultural Council’s operations, a 2.2% increase to our current operating budget, during what is expected to be a very difficult budget building year. Mass Cultural Council is asking the Committee to retain this level of funding for arts and culture in the final FY25 state budget.

Once the Committee completes its schedule of hearings, the House Committee on Ways and Means will release its spending plan for debate in April, followed by the Senate budget debate in May. FY25 begins on July 1, 2024.

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