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Thursday, February 9, 2012
From ArtServe (@artservmi) Michigan: Breaking News Gov. Snyder Recommends $6.15 Million for MCACA via Arts Council of Greater Lansing
Breaking: Gov. Snyder Recommends $6.15 Million for MCACA
Moments ago, Governor Snyder released his Fiscal Year 2013 Executive Budget Recommendations calling for $6,150,000 for the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA).
The recommendation represents an investment of $5 million in state General Fund / General Purpose dollars and $1.15 million in federal dollars from the National Endowment for the Arts. Overall, the recommendation means an increase of $3,582,600 from FY12 to FY13 - nearly quadrupling the state's investment in arts and culture.
The Governor explains, "This increased funding will help enhance the "Quality of Place" for local communities in Michigan through increased investments in arts and cultural programs." This recommendation and comment affirm his earlier commitment to increase support for the MCACA as he clearly recognizes the importance of arts and culture to Michigan's economy, communities and citizens.
It's amazing to think of how far we've come in the last three years. It is almost three years ago, to the day, that Governor Granholm recommended the elimination of the MCACA. The increase represented in today's budget is no doubt a result of the impact, hard work and dedication of every arts and cultural organization, artist and advocate in Michigan.
While we should all take a moment to celebrate this news, our work is not yet done. As you know, this is just the first step in the budget process as each house will now review the Governor's budget and provide their respective recommendations. Know that ArtServe will keep you up to speed as we progress through the budget process.
As always, if you have any questions or comments please feel free to call Mike Latvis directly at 248-379-5897.
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