Today the House Committee on Ways and Means released a state budget proposal for the coming fiscal year that calls for investing $16.6 million in the arts, humanities, and sciences through the Mass Cultural Council.
The House Ways & Means Committee’s proposal would add $533,000 for arts and cultural funding in Fiscal Year 2020, which begins July 1. The plan also includes provisions to strengthen Mass Cultural Council’s recent efforts to make its budget and spending more transparent to the public and its partner state agencies.
“We appreciate the tough choices the House must make to meet the demands of state services with available revenue,” said Anita Walker, Mass Cultural Council Executive Director. “So we are grateful to receive an increase in the House Ways & Means Committee budget plan, the first in many years.”
“New data reaffirm what we see across the Commonwealth: arts and culture are a vital and growing part of our economy,” added Walker. “Public investment through Mass Cultural Council helps ensure this sector continues to prosper, and that culture’s myriad benefits are shared widely and equitably.”
Debate on the House plan is one key step in the annual state budget process. The Senate will release its own budget proposal in May. The two chambers must then agree on a tax and spending plan before sending it back to the Governor, who may veto or approve the budget and/or specific line items.
Stay tuned for updates on the budget process and for the latest data on the nonprofit cultural sector’s contributions to the Massachusetts economy and quality of life.
Backed by a statewide grassroots advocacy campaign led by MASSCreative, Senators voted overwhelmingly to back amendments to boost funding for the arts, humanities, and sciences to $18 million for FY20 and assure Mass Cultural Council’s community-based partnerships and services continue.
Several regional grant receptions will be held to honor a new round of nearly $9.3 million in Mass. Cultural Facilities Fund grants and to thank the many state elected officials who have made this program possible. The events will include remarks, refreshments, and lots of time for networking.
We have a unique opportunity to increase state support for culture and ensure Mass Cultural Council continues its work in partnership with communities across the Commonwealth.
Sen. Ed Kennedy of Lowell, Co-Chair of the Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts, and Cultural Development, has filed amendments to the Senate Ways and Means budget for the coming fiscal year that would accomplish two key goals...
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