|Mon Aug 25 @ 8:30AM - 03:00PM|
ARTS FIRST! Conference
This week the Senate and House General Government Appropriations Subcommittees have met to report out on their recommendations (Senate – SB 954 S1 and House – HB 5382 S1) for Fiscal Year 2013 funding. Included in each subcommittee's recommendation was $6,150,000 in funding for the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) – representing an increase of $3,582,600 from FY12 to FY13.
On February 9th, Governor Rick Snyder released his Executive Budget Recommendations for Fiscal Year 2013 – proposing an increase to $6,150,000 for the MCACA. Since then, the subcommittees in each house have met to review and take testimony on each department's budget within the Governor's proposal. Earlier this month, ArtServe testified before each committee urging support of the Governor's recommendation while providing data from Creative State Michigan and discussing the importance of arts, culture and arts education in Michigan.
The support of the two subcommittees is an important step as it represents one of the final hurdles for the MCACA's FY13 budget. The two bills will now go before the full Appropriations Committees before heading to the floor for a vote in their respective houses. Following that, the bills will be sent to Conference Committee to allow for negotiation on final funding levels. Know that we will keep you informed as we continue to work behind the scenes to ensure passage of the increased budget for the MCACA.
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