FY18 Mass Cultural Council Veto Override Letter

RE: Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), line item 0640-0300

Dear Speaker DeLeo, Senate President Rosenberg, Chairman Sanchez, and Chairwoman Spilka:

We respectfully request your support for a veto override to restore funding in the Fiscal Year 2018 budget for the Massachusetts Cultural Council.  Specifically, we ask that the House and the Senate override Governor Baker’s veto that reduced line item 0640-0300 by $1,876,000.

With restoring the funding approved by the Legislature, the Mass Cultural Council draft budget for fiscal year 2018 would allow the agency to continue its programs that help revitalize our downtowns, make art more accessible to everyone, young and old, and build stronger communities. If Governor Baker’s veto stands, the Massachusetts Cultural Council will be forced to slash grants and possibly eliminate programs.

Mass Cultural Council puts creativity to work for the citizens of Massachusetts and makes thousands of grants directly to nonprofit cultural organizations, schools, communities, and artists, through funding programs that use arts, sciences, and humanities to build strong, diverse, livable communities. The beneficiaries of these programs comprise a cross-section of the population and citizens in Massachusetts cities and towns.

Mass Cultural Council supports nearly 400 nonprofit arts, humanities, and science organizations through its Cultural Investment Portfolio. These organizations have a $2 billion total economic impact, support 62,000 jobs, and generate more than $100 million in revenue for the Commonwealth and its cities and towns—supporting other public services that sustain the quality of life in our cities and towns and attract new business and workers. Its operating support grants are a vital source of support for these organizations that leverage private dollars. 

“There are few places in America as rich with culture as Massachusetts,” the letter states. “From Boston to the Berkshires, from Cape Ann to Cape Cod, our state boasts an array of exceptional cultural organizations, beautiful and distinctive communities, and thousands of talented artists and educators. Mass Cultural Council nurtures this cultural life, so it is imperative that we continue to provide the agency with the necessary resources to continue the great work it does in the Commonwealth.

Thank you for your consideration and continued support for these priorities and your efforts to preserve and support the creative economy in Massachusetts.


Representative Cory Atkins, 14th Middlesex
     House Chair, Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development

Senator Adam Hinds, Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin, and Hampden
     Senate Chair, Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development 

Representative James Arciero, 2nd Middlesex
Representative Brian M. Ashe, 2nd Hampden
Representative Bruce J. Ayers, 1st Norfolk
Representative Ruth B. Balser, 12th Middlesex
Representative Christine P. Barber, 34th Middlesex
Representative Jennifer E. Benson, 37th Middlesex
Representative Paul Brodeur, 32nd Middlesex
Representative Antonio F.D. Cabral. 13th Bristol
Representative Daniel F. Cahill, 10th Essex
Representative Thomas J. Calter, 12th Plymouth
Representative Linda Dean Campbell, 15th Essex
Representative James M. Cantwell, 4th Plymouth
Representative Tackey Chan, 2nd Norfolk
Representative Nick Collins, 4th Suffolk
Representative Mike Connolly, 26th Middlesex
Representative William L. Crocker Jr., 2nd Barnstable
Representative Claire D. Cronin, 11th Plymouth
Representative Josh S. Cutler, 6th Plymouth
Representative Michael S. Day, 31st Middlesex
Representative Marjorie C. Decker, 25th Middlesex
Representative Paul J. Donato, 35th Middlesex
Representative Diana DiZoglio, 14th Essex
Representative James J. Dwyer, 30th Middlesex
Representative Carolyn C. Dykema, 8th Middlesex
Representative Lori A. Ehrlich, 8th Essex
Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier, 3rd Berkshire
Representative Dylan Fernandes, Barnstable, Dukes, and Nantucket
Representative Carole A. Fiola, 6th Bristol
Representative Sean Garballey, 23rd Middlesex
Representative William C. Galvin, 6th Norfolk
Representative Denise C. Garlick, 13th Norfolk
Representative Colleen M. Garry, 36th Middlesex
Representative Carmine L. Gentile, 13th Middlesex
Representative Susan Williams Gifford, 2nd Plymouth
Representative Solomon Goldstein-Rose, 3rd Hampshire
Representative Carlos Gonzalez, 10th Hampden
Representative Kenneth I. Gordon, 21st Middlesex
Representative Danielle W. Gregoire, 4th Middlesex
Representative Sheila C. Harrington, 1st Middlesex
Representative Stephan Hay, 3rd Worcester
Representative Jonathan Hecht, 29th Middlesex
Representative Paul R. Heroux, 2nd Bristol
Representative Natalie Higgins, 4th Worcester
Representative Bradford R. Hill, 4th Essex
Representative Kevin G. Honan, 17th Suffolk
Representative Steven S. Howitt, 4th Bristol
Representative Louis L. Kafka, 8th Norfolk
Representative Jay R. Kaufman, 15th Middlesex
Representative Mary S. Keefe, 15th Worcester
Representative James M. Kelcourse, 1st Essex
Representative Kay Khan, 11th Middlesex
Representative Peter V. Kocot, 1st Hampshire
Representative Robert M. Koczera, 11th Bristol
Representative Kevin J. Kuros, 8th Worcester
Representative Jack Lewis, 7th Middlesex
Representative David P. Linsky, 5th Middlesex
Representative Jay D. Livingstone, 8th Suffolk
Representative Adrian Madaro, 1st Suffolk
Representative John J. Mahoney, 13th Worcester
Representative Elizabeth A. Malia, 11th Suffolk
Representative Paul W. Mark, 2nd Berkshire
Representative Juana Matias, 16th Essex
Representative Joan Meschino, 3rd Plymouth
Representative Paul McMurtry, 11th Norfolk
Representative James R. Miceli, 19th Middlesex
Representative Frank Moran, 17th Essex
Representative Mathew Muratore, 1st Plymouth
Representative James J. O’Day, 14th Worcester
Representative Jerald A. Parisella, 6th Essex
Representative Smitty Pignatelli, 4th Berkshire
Representative Elizabeth A. Poirier, 14th Bristol
Representative Denise Provost, 27th Middlesex
Representative Angelo Puppolo, Jr., 12th Hampden
Representative David M. Rogers, 24th Middlesex
Representative Jeffrey N. Roy, 10th Norfolk
Representative Byron Rushing, 9th Suffolk
Representative Daniel J. Ryan, 2nd Middlesex
Representative Paul A. Schmid III, 8th Bristol
Representative John W. Scibak, 2nd Hampshire
Representative Frank I. Smizik, 15th Norfolk
Representative Thomas M. Stanley, 9th Middlesex
Representative William M. Straus, 10th Bristol
Representative Jose F. Tosado, 9th Hampden District
Representative Paul Tucker, 7th Essex
Representative Steven Ultrino, 33rd Middlesex
Representative Aaron Vega, 5th Hampden
Representative David T. Vieira, 3rd Barnstable
Representative Chris Walsh, 6th Middlesex
Representative Thomas P. Walsh, 12th Essex
Representative Timothy R. Whelan, 1st Barnstable
Representative Bud L. Williams. 11th Hampden
Representative Donald H. Wong, 9th Essex

Senator Michael Barrett, 3rd Middlesex
Senator William Brownsberger, 2nd Suffolk and Middlesex
Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz, 2nd Suffolk
Senator Cynthia Creem, 1st Middlesex and Norfolk
Senator Julian Cyr, Cape and Islands
Senator Eileen Donoghue, 1st Middlesex
Senator Jamie Eldridge, Middlesex and Worcester
Senator Anne Gobi, Worcester, Hampden, Hampshire and Middlesex
Senator Patricia Jehlen, 2nd Middlesex
Senator Eric Lesser, 1st Hampden and Hampshire
Senator Jason Lewis, 5th Middlesex
Senator Barbara L'Italien, 2nd Essex and Middlesex
Senator Joan Lovely, 2nd Essex
Senator Thomas McGee, 3rd Essex
Senator Michael Moore, 2nd Worcester
Senator Patrick O'Connor, Plymouth and Norfolk
Senator Michael Rush, Norfolk and Suffolk
Senator Walter Timilty, Norfolk, Bristol, and Plymouth



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