Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Huge cuts in public funding for libraries in California
"Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed the FY12 California state budget on June 30, the last day of the fiscal year, and it contains a double dose of bad news for public library funding. The budget also contains massive cuts to the state's higher education system.
First, as expected, the budget cuts state funding for public libraries in half, to $15.2 million. This includes $3 million for the Public Library Fund (PLF), $3.7 million for the California Library Literacy and English Acquisition Service, and $8.5 million for the California Library Services Act (CLSA).
Second, a "trigger" amendment attached to the budget would eliminate all state funding for public libraries at midyear if the state's revenue projections are not being met. Funding for the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program and the California Newspaper Project administered by the state library would also be eliminated, which would bring the total midyear cut to $15.9 million."

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