MASSCreative: Update on MCC House Budget

After the House Ways and Means Committee proposed $1.5 million in cuts to the Massachusetts Cultural Council budget in FY2014, the creative community kicked into gear and made their voices heard. 

Representative Cory Atkins of Concord, Chairperson of the Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development, promptly drafted an amendment to the proposed budget that requests an increase of the MCC's allocation to $12.5 million. 

MASSCreative members and supporters of the arts and cultural community statewide rose to the occasion and sent letters to their State Representatives, urging them to co-sponsor the amendment to restore MCC funding. More than 1450 letters were sent to Representatives from across the Commonwealth, requesting their support for Rep. Atkins' amendment.

When the amendment was officially filed on Friday, April 12th, 98 Representatives had signed on as co-sponsors. See a list of co-sponsors below.

MASSCreative is preparing for the next actions to ensure that our voices are not only heard, but that our legislators respond to the requests of the creative community. Sign up for our email list, follow us on Twitter and "like" our Facebook for updates and next steps.


Co-Sponsors of Rep. Atkins' Amendment Supporting

the Massachusetts Cultural Council

Andrews of Orange

Arciero of Westford

Ashe of Longmeadow

Atkins of Concord

Ayers of Quincy

Balser of Newton

Basile of Boston

Beaton of Shrewsbury

Benson of Lunenburg

Binienda of Worcester

Boldyga of Southwick

Brady of Brockton

Brodeur of Melrose

Cabral of New Bedford

Calter of Kingston

Canavan of Brockton

Cantwell of Marshfield

Cariddi of North Adams

Chan of Quincy

Collins of Boston

Conroy of Wayland

Coppinger of Boston

Cronin of Easton

Cusack of Braintree

Cutler of Duxbury

Decker of Cambridge

Devers of Lawrence

DiNatale of Fitchburg

Donato of Medford

Dwyer of Woburn

Dykema of Holliston

Ehrlich of Marblehead

Farley-Bouvier of Pittsfield

Fennell of Lynn

Fernandes of Milford

Ferrante of Gloucester

Finn of West Springfield

Forry of Boston

Fox of Boston

Fresolo of Worcester

Galvin of Canton

Garballey of Arlington

Garlick of Needham

Garry of Dracut

Gobi of Spencer

Gordon of Bedford

Gregoire of Marlborough

Harrington of Groton

Hecht of Watertown


Heroux of Attleboro

Hill of Ipswich

Honan of Boston

Hunt of Sandwich

Kaufman of Lexington

Keefe of Worcester

Keenan of Salem

Khan of Newton

Kocot of Northampton

Lewis of Winchester

Linsky of Natick

Madden of Nantucket

Malia of Boston

Mannal of Barnstable

Mark of Peru

McMurtry of Dedham

Michlewitz of Boston

Murphy of Lowell 

Murphy of Weymouth

Nangle of Lowell

Naughton of Clinton

O'Day of West Boylston

Peake of Provincetown

Pignatelli of Lenox

Provost of Somerville

Puppolo of Springfield

Rogers of Cambridge

Rosa of Leominster

Roy of Franklin

Rushing of Boston

Sanchez of Boston

Sannicandro of Ashland

Schmid of Westport

Scibak of South Hadley

Sciortino of Medford

Silvia of Fall River

Smizik of Brookline

Stanley of Waltham

Sullivan of Fall River

Timilty of Milton

Toomey of Cambridge

Turner of Dennis

Vega of Holyoke

Vieira of Falmouth

Walsh of Boston

Walsh of Framingham

Walsh of Lynn

Wong of Saugus

Zlotnik of Gardner



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