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ADVOCACY UPDATE
February 14, 2017

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ARTS & CULTURE
CT LEGISLATIVE UPDATES
Following up on an earlier notification about bills being introduced that are very relevant to our community, here are further specific details. Testimony is neededIf you're unable to testify in person, please consider submitting written testimony to the appropriate Committee listed below:

SB0373
Sen. Joe Markley, 16th Dist.
AN ACT ELIMINATING THE REQUIREMENT FOR THE PURCHASE OF ARTWORK FOR STATE BUILDING PROJECTS: To eliminate the requirement that the State Bond Commission allocate one per cent of the state building project cost for the purchase of artwork.
Public Hearing:  2/15/17, 1:00 P.M. Room 1A of the LOB.
(Government Administration and Elections)
Submit testimony to: GAEtestimony@cga.ct.gov
HB06675
Introduced by Rep. Eric C. Berthel, 68th Dist.
AN ACT CONCERNING A MUNICIPAL OPTION FOR PROPERTY TAX ABATEMENTS FOR ARTS AND CULTURE: To encourage the advancement of arts and culture by permitting municipalities to offer property tax abatements.
Public Hearing:  2/15/17  10:30 A.M. in Room 2D of the LOB
(Planning & Development Comm.)
Submit testimony to: PDtestimony@cga.ct.gov
HB06252
Rep. Mitch Bolinsky, 106th Dist. - Co-sponsor: Rep. Themis Klarides, 114th Dist.
AN ACT REQUIRING LICENSURE OF ART THERAPISTS.
To protect the public by promoting art therapy.
2/6/2017: Reserved for Subject Matter Public Hearing (Public Health)
PHB-6744
Introduced by:
Rep. Kevin Ryan, 139th Dist. Co-sponsor
Rep. Diana S. Urban, 43rd Dist.
AN ACT CONCERNING A TOURISM PROMOTION, JOBS AND REVENUE ACCOUNT.
To establish a tourism promotion, jobs and revenue account to be used by the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development to market and support the tourism industry in the state.
2/7/2017: Reserved for Subject Matter Public Hearing (Commerce)

ADVOCACY NEWS
ARTS & CULTURE BUDGET FY2018-19


Overall Introduction
On February 8th, Governor Malloy released his two-year budget proposal, setting the tone of discussions for the next three months about how to close a $1.7 and $1.9 billion budget deficit over the next two years. See Office of Fiscal Analysis'
Synopsis of Governor's Budget Plan
 and a Powerpoint Introduction to the FY 2018-FY2019 Budget.

Specific to Arts & Culture
'Arts, Culture and Tourism For FY 2018
The Governor's proposed budget maintains funding for arts and tourism programs. Funding for specific earmarks has been consolidated in separate lines for Tourism and for Arts and Historic Preservation. The budget also continues to invest in marketing the state as a premier destination for tourism and business growth. Marketing efforts in recent years have proven invaluable in developing this job-rich sector of our economy, particularly in southeast Connecticut with its wide array of tourist destinations.'

Eliminate Arts/Culture/Tourism Direct Line-Item Accounts - DECD
The Governor recommends funding two new accounts: (1) an Arts and Historic Preservation Grant account and (2) a Tourism Grant account, in lieu of the direct line-item accounts for arts/culture/tourism organizations. There are no savings through this recommendation, though it should be noted that savings of $3.1 million are achieved from the direct-line item arts/culture/tourism accounts via the annualization of the FY 17 holdback policy recommendation in FY 18 and FY 19 (a reduction of $4.6 million in each FY.)

Arts and Tourism Funding:
  • Increases funding for Arts Commission by $600,525 in FY 2018 
  • Increases funding for Statewide Marketing by $1.8 million each year 
  • Funding for line item recipients in arts and tourism is consolidated into two accounts and maintained at current levels in FY 2018 
Appropriations Committee Budget Hearings
The Appropriations Committee has released the schedule of the state budget hearings.
  • Friday, February 17th: Conservation and Development (Room 2C)  10:30 A.M.-11:15 A.M. Department of Economic and Community Development Public Budget Hearings (Room 2C) 4:30 P.M.
If you are unable to testify in person, please consider submitting written testimony to the Committee at APPtestimony@cga.ct.gov

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