FY 2019 Arts Budget News
As of February 8, 2018: In his Fiscal Year 2019 budget proposal, Governor Larry Hogan proposed funding for the arts at $21.7 million.
While MCA is pleased to see this potential increase in arts funding, our hard work is far from over. A concerning language change has also been proposed this session, which poses a risk to current and future support for the arts. Prior language was written into law which increased the funding formula for the Maryland State Arts Council (this law is known as Chapter 145). However, the 2018 Budget Reconciliation and Financing Act (BRFA) put out by the Governor, seeks to amend that language.
This will have an impact on funding for not only this year, but for future years as well. Our work this legislative session with the Maryland General Assembly will be crucial in our move to remove this portion of the BRFA language, to allow funding for the arts to continue to grow. If we are successful in defending against this language change, we could potentially see an increase to the Governor’s budget proposal that would bring our funding total closer to $22.7 million. This type of record funding would have an incredible impact on our field and represent one of the largest year-to-year increases ever for the Maryland State Arts Council!
There is still time and a lot of work to be done to ensure that our supporters in the Maryland General Assembly agree with our stance and continue the path to increased funding for the arts. So take a moment now to register for Maryland Arts Day on Thursday, February 22, 2018 in Annapolis.