This exciting news just in from Missouri Citizens for the Arts!
The House Appropriations Committee for Economic Development approved the Governor’s recommendation ($600,000) and added a $100,000 increase to the Missouri Arts Council’s FY13 appropriation!!
Thanks to all arts advocates who made calls and visits with your legislators to help get us through this round of the funding process.
During the hearing on Tuesday, Representative Thomas Long offered the amendment for the increase, along with Chairman Denny Hoskins. Representatives Sharon Pace, D-North St. Louis, Ed Schiefer, D-Troy, and Bill White, R-Joplin, all spoke in favor of increasing the arts funding and stressed how important the arts are to our economy.
Please thank members of the committee for supporting the Arts. They also approved $200,000 to restore the Film Commission.
Now we go to the House Budget Committee for approval. Make sure your Representative knows to support MAC’s funding in House Bill 2007, at the $700,000 level with full spending authority. Please find your Representative here.
HOUSE BUDGET MEMBERS:
Silvey, Ryan, Chair
Stream, Rick, Vice Chair
McCann Beatty, Gail