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“Percent for Art” Program Vetoed by Massachusetts Governor

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Barker rejected funding for a “Percent for Art” program which would cost the state about $400,000 a year—a relatively nominal sum in comparison to the $2.1 billion borrowed annually by the state for various capital projects.

According to MassLive, Barker said, “While the goals of this program are admirable, the costs and structure are unreasonable in light of the many legitimate demands and constraints on the Commonwealth's capital investment plan.”

Twenty-seven states, including all of New England, allow for a “Percent for Art” program within their budgets.