29 December 2008

NYLA Legislative Alert - 2009-10 Executive Budget Recap

The 2009-10 Executive Budget proposes a $18 million or 18% cut in Library Aid. This would bring Library Aid down to 1993 levels and is on top of two cuts (3%) in 2008 which reduced Library Aid from $102 million to $98.5 million. (This basically a repackaing of the same cut proposed on November 18th by the Division of Budget, that the Library Rally and other advocacy efforts help prevent.) In particular regarding Public Library Construction Aid, the $800,000 line item was eliminated, but the $14 million in borrowed funding for library construction remains intact. NYLA is working with Division of Library Development and the American Library Association to insure that a federal stimulus package for public works projects includes funds for libraries.

NYLA will be updating its Talking Points and 2009 Budget Priorities for use by library advocates in their meetings with legislators. An updated History of Library Aid, Library Circulation and Visitation Charts are already up on the NYLA website.

In addition, NYLA is looking for examples of how libraries have helped people find jobs, create new businesses, etc. NYLA would like to know if your library has a business or employment center (physical space dedicated for such use) or job assistance program, etc. Contact NYLA Exutive Director Michael Borges at director@nyla.org if you have information to share.

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