Art Economy

Governor Hogan Proposes Record Funding for the Arts in Maryland

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Jan 21, 2016

In his Fiscal Year 2017 budget proposal released on Wednesday, Governor Larry Hogan proposed a record $20.3 million in funding for the arts in Maryland.

MCA is extremely pleased that the Administration fully adopted our proposal to grow the General Fund Appropriation by designating the $2 million Special Fund for the Preservation of Cultural arts as an enhancement to the base arts grant. Not only did the Governor fund the transfer for FY 2017, he will also be submitting legislation that will make this move permanent, thus setting a new base for Arts funding in the future.

There is much work to be done to ensure that these proposals are adopted by our friends and supporters in the Maryland General Assembly, and we will need every voice we can gather to help make this possible. So take a moment now to register for Maryland Arts Day on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at St. John’s College Key Auditorium in Annapolis.

Here are the facts:

–  FY 2016 Appropriation = $16.7 million

–  FY 2017 Appropriation = $17.4 million (1994 Arts Stabilization Bill formulaic increase of 4.2%)

–  FY 2017 Special Fund = $2 million

–  New Legislation – directs the Special Fund money to the General Fund Appropriation permanently

If we are successful during the 2016 General Assembly Session, then -combined with the critical match from the National Endowment for the Arts (Approximately $600,000), and about $300,000 of interagency funding – the 2017 Budget for the Maryland State Arts Council will be $20.3 million!
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