This Is What Passes For Good News In Massachusetts

That gale-force wind that just rushed up from the Northeast was the Massachusetts Cultural Council letting out its collective breath. The MCC, which saw its budget slashed 62% last year by acting governor Jane Swift, will apparently face no further cuts this fiscal year. Governor Mitt Romney’s new budget restores none of last year’s cuts to the MCC, but neither does it trim the council further. “The fact that Romney’s education adviser Peter Nessen also chairs the MCC board likely bodes well for the organization.” The MCC’s annual budget now stands at a proposed $7.3 million.