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更新11/12/21: 马萨诸塞州参议院结束了十大赌博正规老平台S. 在2021年11月10日达到2564美元，超过3美元.82 billion spending plan to invest federal ARPA and FY21 surplus state revenues into key economic sectors. 质量十大赌博正规老平台委员会 receives $75 million in the final Senate bill, to administer new grant programs that deliver capacity building and pandemic relief to the cultural sector. We are grateful that during the debate the Senate adopted a corrective amendment that clarifies that these funds would be available to artists and cultural organizations.
正式会议将于2021年11月17日结束. The House and Senate must now either appoint a formal conference committee or negotiate informally to develop a final ARPA relief bill for the Chambers to adopt and send to the Governor. 质量十大赌博正规老平台委员会 will develop written testimony for the House and Senate urging them to retain the 最后的众议院语言和拨款 of $125M for the cultural sector in the final ARPA bill.
Cultural sector stakeholders can email the Speaker of the House, 参议院议长, 众议院和参议院的主席 & 意味着, and their personal state Senator and state Representative urging them to retain the House’s recommendation for the cultural sector in the final ARPA bill.
马萨诸塞州参议院道路委员会 & 意味着已经发布了 S. 2564, 与新型冠状病毒肺炎紧急复苏需求相关的法案， a $3.67 billion spending plan investing federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and FY21 state revenue surplus funds into key economic sectors. The Committee’s plan provides $75 million to be granted by 质量十大赌博正规老平台委员会 to provide pandemic relief to the Commonwealth’s cultural and tourism assets.
While 质量十大赌博正规老平台委员会 is immensely grateful to the Senate for both recognizing the crucial role the cultural sector plays in the overall state economy and including cultural organizations in the Committee bill, we note with extreme caution that this level of investment 比最终的众议院ARPA法案少了5000万美元, which provides $125 million for grants to the cultural sector to promote capacity building and pandemic relief. 进一步, 按照目前的起草, 质量十大赌博正规老平台委员会 would not be able to make grants to individual artists from this fund.
Fortunately, State Senator Ed Kennedy (D- Lowell), Chair of the Committee on Tourism, 艺术s & Cultural Development, has filed Amendment #49 to both 添加个人艺术家 to the list of eligible recipients for this assistance and 把拨款增加到2亿美元.
Chair Kennedy is a stalwart champion of the cultural sector in the Senate, 今年是S. 2246, 重建联邦十大赌博正规老平台未来的法案. 这项立法, which enjoys the support of 60 co-sponsors (including 20 Senators – 50% of the Chamber) directs a minimum of $200 million in ARPA relief to the cultural sector. 提交第49号修正案, 肯尼迪参议员正在使用他的立法, 哪一个得到了两党强有力的支持, as a roadmap for the sector’s capacity building and pandemic relief that he hopes to secure in the final Senate ARPA bill.
艺术家, cultural organizations, and cultural sector stakeholders have 1.25亿个理由 to email their State Senator today to urge them to support and co-sponsor Senator Kennedy’s Amendment #49. 我们的宣传伙伴MASSCreative已经推出了一个 “一键式”操作警报 很容易把你和州参议员联系起来.
参议员们现在正在提交和审查对S. 2564, and the debate is expected to begin on November 10. 一旦参议院结束辩论, a Conference Committee will be formed to negotiate a final, 妥协法案, by deciding how to handle any differences contained within the final House and Senate bills. That conference report must then be accepted by the House and Senate and then it goes to the Governor for his final approval. The Legislature is expected to work quickly, as formal sessions recess on November 17, 2021.
Throughout the 新型冠状病毒肺炎 pandemic 质量十大赌博正规老平台委员会 surveyed artists and cultural organizations five times to understand the economic impacts of the pandemic on the cultural sector. We know COVID related closures and cancellations were devastating to artists and cultural organizations – between March 2020 and February 2021 they reported more than $600 million in lost revenue and personal income, 超过30个,全州范围内有000个部门的工作岗位受到影响. 疫情前，十大赌博正规老平台部门捐助了25美元.5 billion to the Commonwealth economy, representing 4.占该州GDP的3%和142578个工作岗位. The Commonwealth cannot truly rebound from the pandemic without a fully-restored cultural sector.
质量十大赌博正规老平台委员会 calls on the Senate to adopt Amendment #2 and bolster the cultural sector’s pandemic relief by both including artists as eligible recipients, 并为这个账户提供2亿美元的资金, as envisioned by 重建联邦十大赌博正规老平台未来的法案.