Tuesday, April 17, 2018
With the close of the Maryland General Assembly’s legislative session, the state’s final approved budget includes a record funding level of $22.7 million for the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC). In his FY 2019 budget proposal, Governor Larry Hogan recommended an increase of $21.7 million for the arts. State Arts Action Network member Maryland Citizens for the Arts (MCA) was also able to work with leaders in the Maryland General Assembly to restore an additional $1 million in funding proposed to be reduced from legally-mandated levels, as well as remove budget language that could have resulted in $13 million in reductions to arts funding over the next three years.
As a result, this year’s increase for the MSAC is one of the largest in recent history.
Photo: From left to right, Nicholas Cohen (Executive Director, Maryland Citizens for the Arts), Governor Larry Hogan, and First Lady Yumi Hogan. Copyright Maryland Citizens for the Arts