Various state House and Senate committees are addressing the state budget. Last week the Senate Appropriations Committee passed bills calling for a cut in state aid to public libraries of $1.5 million and transferring the money to the arts.
The House School Aid and Education Subcommittee adopted a budget which retains the Governor’s recommended budget and holds state aid to public libraries at $10 million, the same as last year.
Upon their return from vacation on April 20, the House and Senate will begin negotiations to reconcile budget differences.
State aid to public libraries is the state funding used to match federal funding to support MeL, the state wide databases and interlibrary loan system. Significant reductions in state aid could put MeL funding in jeopardy.
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