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Mass. Governor Slashes $8M From State Tourism Budget

Impacting Travel | Amy Coyne Bredeson | July 24, 2016

Mass. Governor Slashes $8M From State Tourism Budget

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Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker cut more than $8.3 million from the state budget that would’ve been used for promoting the state, and tourism officials say the move will result in lost jobs and a suffering economy, the Salem News reported. 

Tourism officials are asking lawmakers to give the money back to the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism, saying the budget cuts will destroy 16 regional tourism councils, the newspaper said.

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"We understand that the state is facing a budget deficit and that many things are going to suffer, but tourism is an investment that generates money," North of Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau executive director Ann Marie Casey told Salem News. "Without the state's funding, it would be nearly impossible to continue doing what we do.”

Casey told the newspaper she might have to lay off staff members and close visitor centers in the area, including a popular rest stop off Interstate 95 in Salisbury, Mass.

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Tourism funding was one of many budget cuts the governor made to make up for a budget shortfall of $256 million, Salem News reported.

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