6/25/15 - Yesterday afternoon, Governor Brown signed the 2015-16 State Budget in a low key event at the State Capitol, alongside Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins and Senate President pro Tem Kevin De Leon. The Budget bill, AB 93, and a corresponding Budget “trailer bill”, SB 97 (dubbed “Budget bill Junior”), contain the provisions of interest to CLA members, as they both provide specific funding for local library programs...[read more]
CORRECTION TO BUDGET UPDATE - MORE POSITIVE NEWS
6/17/15 - We are pleased to be able to share some good news with you this morning. Yesterday afternoon, as information was trickling in regarding the agreement made between the two Democrat leaders and the Governor on the 2015-16 Budget, we reported that $2.5 million in much needed funding had been approved for the broadband connection grants. But what we have learned this morning from the representatives of the Department of Finance is that the dollar amount for these grants was actually increased to $4 million, meaning that many more public libraries will have the ability to connect to the high-speed, broadband “backbone” operated by the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives In California (CENIC), in Phase 2 of implementation this coming year...[read more]
BUDGET DEAL REACHED: SMALL ADJUSTMENT FOR LIBRARIES
6/16/15 - This afternoon Governor Jerry Brown, Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, and Senate President pro Tem Kevin De Leon held a joint press conference at the State Capitol to announce that they had reopened the negotiations on the 2015-16 Budget and had reached a formal agreement. Yesterday the State Senate and Assembly both passed this year’s Budget bill by their constitutional deadline of June 15th, but the Budget assumed higher revenue estimates than what the Governor used in his May Revision of the Budget, released in mid-May...[read more]
SEND A QUICK EMAIL TO HELP SAVE LIBRARY BUDGET FUNDING (Read more for Instructions)
6/11/15 - As we reported in our “News From the Capitol” yesterday, the 2015-16 State Budget that is scheduled to be taken up for a vote in the Senate and Assembly on Monday, June 15, contains an important level of new funding for public libraries. However, there is no guarantee that Governor Brown will support a specific portion of the additional funding when he acts on the Budget bill in the coming days, as the Governor is trying to hold the line on increased spending commitments.
CLA is requesting your help! Please email a quick note to the Governor’s office in support of maintaining the library funding in the state Budget...[read more]
GOOD NEWS – Budget Conferees Adopt $8 Million Funding Package for Libraries
6/10/15 - Last night the powerful six member Budget Conference Committee met to “close out” hundreds of items related to the 2015-16 State Budget, in order to be able to meet a deadline of next Monday for a Budget vote on the Assembly and Senate floors. We are pleased to report that one of their final actions last night was to approve an $8 million package, supported by the California Library Association, Assemblyman Mike Gatto and 27 legislators over the past few months. At approximately 8:30 p.m., on a unanimous vote (6-0), the Budget conferees approved the library funding package which contains the following...[read more]
Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Commitment to Action Recognized at Clinton Global Initiative America Meeting
6/9/15 - CLA is delighted to partner with with the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading's More Hopeful Futures Initiative.
The initiative will be launched in 2017 as the next phase of a decade-long effort to increase reading proficiency among children from low-income families. Over the next three years, the planned pre-launch activities will reach at least 50,000 children with an enhanced package of screenings and supports designed to accelerate ongoing efforts to improve school readiness, school attendance, and summer learning....[read more]
The Re(a)d Zone: signature initiative announced by the 50 Fund, the legacy fund of the San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Host Committee
6/8/15 - CLA is excited to announce today our partnership with the 50 Fund, the legacy fund of the San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Host Committee, on a signature initiative called “The Re(a)d Zone” that will reach more than 50,000 low-income Bay Area children.
Your Help is Needed! Make a Quick Call Today in Support of Library Funding in the State Budget
5/29/15 - As we reported to you last week, the Assembly and Senate Budget Subcommittees on Education Finance at the State Capitol have wrapped up their work and have made recommendations to their respective full committees. The Senate Budget Committee adopted its package of recommendations last Friday and the Assembly adopted their package this Wednesday. Because there are very distinctive differences between how the Senate and Assembly fund various programs in their Budgets, this will force those items to be reconciled by the powerful Budget Conference Committee, which will begin its work on Monday...[read more]
Senate Budget Subcommittee Provides Additional Funding For Libraries During Hearing
5/21/15 - Late yesterday afternoon, the Senate Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance voted unanimously to approve extra funding for public libraries. The Subcommittee members voting for the extra funding were Chairman Marty Block, and Senators Ben Allen and John Moorlach...[read more]
Governor Releases “May Revision” of Budget: Funding Provided for Broadband Project and Literacy Program
5/14/15 - This morning in a press conference at the State Capitol, Governor Brown released his “May Revision” of the 2015-16 State Budget. Included among the Governor’s proposals for new spending is a recommended increase of $2 million for the state literacy program and an increase of $1.7 million for the library broadband project for connection grants and related costs...[read more]
Legislators Issue Letter in Support of Increasing State Library Funding
5/7/15 - A bi-partisan group of Assembly members and Senators in the California State Legislature have sent a letter to the two Budget Subcommittee Chairs and key Budget leaders, to encourage them to adopt an increase in funding for public libraries in the 2015-16 Budget. The letter
features an impressive list of legislator library supporters and is attached for your information...[read more]
Governor Brown Issues Formal Proclamation Declaring “California Library Week”
4/14/15 - Today Governor Jerry Brown issued a formal proclamation, declaring April 13 through April 19 as “California Library Week.” The proclamation, which can be found at this link to the Governor’s press page http://www.gov.ca.gov/news.php?id=18922 notes that the “freedom to explore the vast body of human knowledge is one of the underpinnings of a truly free society. For this reason, the public library has been a vital institution throughout the history of our republic.” The Governor’s proclamation takes an historical look at libraries, but also celebrates the modern library which has “evolved and adapted to encompass new technologies and the changing needs of society.”.
Letters Needed in Support of Increased Library Funding in State Budget
3/31/15 - The Assembly and Senate Budget Subcommittees on Education Finance – the subcommittees that have jurisdiction over the California State Library and public library funding - have been meeting weekly at the Capitol to discuss Governor Brown’s 2015-16 proposed State Budget. In late April, these two subcommittees will meet to discuss the possibility of appropriating new library funding in this year’s Budget, at CLA’s request. We need your help to get our message to these key legislators. Without the support of these 8 Senators and Assemblymembers (listed below), it will not be possible to include new funding in the 2015-16 State Budget year for public libraries.
Governor's Adult Education Proposal and Libraries
2/23/15 - For several months, leading up to the release of Governor Brown’s 2015-16 Budget, the California Library Association has been actively involved in trying to define a stronger role for public libraries within the current adult education state structure and statute. As a result of these advocacy efforts, the newly released bill language from the Governor’s Administration and Department of Finance acknowledges the importance of involving public libraries in the provision of adult literacy services....[read more]