BOSTON — State senators rejected more than 250 amendments to their fiscal 2018 budget in the first two days of debate, and Senate President Stan Rosenberg hinted one of them might ultimately win the chamber's support at another time. 

The Senate on Wednesday evening shot down an amendment calling for the state to develop a master plan for the creative economy, put forth by Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr of Gloucester. The amendment (618)  describes the creative economy as "elements that encompass the visual and performing arts, cultural interpretation and presentation, tourism and affiliated economic activities." 

Tarr said the master plan would focus on existing cultural districts that could serve as "nodes of growth," as well as "some areas where there may not be the other kinds of industrial infrastructure to facilitate economic growth."

"This particular sector offers great hope, because it does not require some of those same types of infrastructure," the Gloucester Republican said. 

There are four cultural districts on Cape Ann: The Harbortown Cultural District in the heart of downtown Gloucester; the Rocky Neck Cultural District, also in Gloucester; Rockport's downtown cultural district; and the Essex River Cultural District in Essex. 

In announcing the voice vote rejecting the amendment, Rosenberg said, "The no's have it today but not necessarily in the future," drawing some scattered chuckles from senators. 

Tarr, a  Republican, also filed a separate bill with the same language (S 202), which is now before the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies.

 

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