CLA 2016 Day in the District
Swing Into Action!
It’s time for Day in the District!
Governor Brown’s 2016-17 January Budget proposes to add a combination of ongoing and one-time funding to the California Library Services Act (CLSA). The CLSA ensures that there is a collaborative commitment to the sharing of public library resources among the regions of the state. Prior to the recent Recession, there was upwards of $12 million in the Act. The so-called “Budget Trigger” in 2011-12, zeroed out all of the funding. In subsequent years, $1.8 million was restored into the Act.
The Governor’s January Budget proposes for the CLSA:
- Adding $1.8 million in ongoing funding to the current $1.8 million baseline.
- Adding $3 million in one-time funding for the purpose of allowing the systems to explore more creative and current ways to loan and to share materials between libraries.
Please begin scheduling appointments with your Assembly Member(s) and Senator(s). This local, grass roots, relational approach to advocacy is crucial to maintaining and growing our state funding. And try to include a Friends president, or Adult Literacy student, or some other enthusiastic library supporter in your meetings – never underestimate the power of the citizen advocate!
Below are tools to help you:
Once you have met with your Assembly Member(s) and Senator(s), simply email the CLA Legislative Committee letting us know with whom you met. And please feel free to include any information about your meetings that you think is relevant.
So let’s swing into action and make something happen! Thank you, and happy advocating!
Misty Jones, President
California Library Association
|Sara Jones, Chair
CLA Advocacy and Legislative Committee