Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Senate votes $9.7M for MA arts council

The Massachusetts state Senate voted Tuesday to fund the Massachusetts Cultural Council at $9.7 million for the coming fiscal year, which begins July 1. That’s down 23 percent from the current year’s MCC budget of $12.65 million – and roughly $2 million less than what the state House of Representatives approved last month – but not the 57 percent cut that the Senate Ways and Means Committee threatened last week. The two chambers must now reconcile their spending plans in a conference committee before sending a final budget to Governor Deval Patrick for approval.

MCC could face 10 percent budget cut.


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