If you are a Massachusetts artist and/or supporter of arts and culture in this state, then you probably know 1. Maintaining (or better yet, increasing) funding for arts and culture is a constant effort; and 2. That Massachusetts has a vigorous debate going on right now about gambling in the Commonwealth, and that legislation about expanding gambling and casinos is forthcoming from the State Legislature.
There’s a possibility this new legislation could benefit the arts. Today, supporters of arts and culture in the House of Representatives filed amendments that would take a portion of revenue from new gambling in Massachusetts and invest it in the state’s nonprofit cultural sector.
In a letter from MCC Executive Director Anita Walker, you can find more information on these amendments, and also find out how to contact your State Representatives by April 13 to ask them to support arts and culture funding in gambling legislation.
Gambling in any form for any purpose is still evil and a sleazy way to tax the poor.