Next Week: Let's keep arts & culture strong in the FY16 state budget
Governor Baker kicked off the FY16 budget season last month by delivering the first budget of his administration. His proposal gave us a good start, allocating $11.8 million to the arts and cultural community through the MA Cultural Council budget.
We now look to the state legislature where we see a clear opportunity to increase investment in the arts to $15 million. We received word that the House Ways and Means Committee will be releasing their version of the FY16 State Budget on Wednesday, April 15. We need to be ready on the 15th to either praise an increase or advocate for an amendment to boost the budget if the House does not step up to the plate with an increase.
So after the House Ways and Means Committee releases their budget on Wednesday, we may need to be prepared for two all-hands-on-deck days to let our legislators in the House know that funding arts and culture is critical to keeping Massachusetts a place we all want to live, work, play, and visit. On Thursday, April 16th, look out for our email letting you know what we need to do.
And in May, get ready for phase 2, when the Senate Ways and Means Committee releases their version of the budget.