Yes, I’ve written about this year’s budget for the Mass Cultural Council before. See here and here, for example. Support for the Council’s critical work in supporting the state’s creative economy seems to be swinging back and forth, from a proposed cut to $10 million by the House Ways and Means Committee to an increase to $16.5 million in the Senate budget to level funding at $14 million ultimately approved by the legislature.
But the saga’s not over. Governor Baker just vetoed the legislature’s FY2018 budget for the Mass Cultural Council and cut funding back to $12.1 million.
Today, I wrote letters to my state representatives to override the Governor’s arts veto. I continue to assert that Massachusetts’ creative economy is critical to its national and global profile as an innovation leader.