|Action Alert - Letters to the Governor Needed to Protect $5 Million Library Funding in Budget|
June 6, 2014
TO: CLA MEMBERS/ SYSTEMS/ NETWORK CONTACTS
FROM: Mike Dillon, CLA Lobbyist
Christina DiCaro, CLA Lobbyist
RE: News From the Capitol
ACTION ALERT – LETTERS TO GOVERNOR NEEDED TO PROTECT $5 MILLION LIBRARY FUNDING IN BUDGET
As we reported this week, the Budget Conference Committee, on Wednesday, approved an increase of $5 million in public library funding, which would restore some of the cuts made to the California Library Services Act and the State Literacy program over the past few years. Barring some unforeseen circumstances, the $5 million will be included in the Budget bill that is sent to the Governor for his action. The legislature will have until Sunday, June 15th, the constitutional deadline, to send the Governor the Budget bill and the Governor will have until July 1 to sign the 2014-15 Budget into law. When the Governor signs the Budget, he also has the authority to “blue pencil” (reduce or eliminate) certain provisions of the Budget. At this time, CLA is requesting that CLA members and all library supporters send letters to Governor Brown, encouraging him to keep the $5 million for library funding in the Budget.
As reported on Wednesday, the $5 million represents the compromise agreed to by the Budget Conference Committee, which, if it remains intact, would likely be distributed on the basis of $4 million for the California Library Services Act and $1 million for the State Literacy program.
This money is on top of what is currently in the Budget for the CLSA ($1.8 million) and the literacy program ($2.8 million) and on top of the $3.25 million that we were finally able to secure to allow all public libraries to connect to a high-speed, broadband backbone operated by the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC).
Please take a minute today to write a letter to Governor Brown, encouraging him to support and leave intact the $5 million for Budget items: 6120-211-0001 - $4 million for the California Library Services Act and 6120-213-0001 - $1 million for the California Library Literacy program.
In your letters please stress how your libraries are busier than ever, but the devastating cuts of the past hinder your ability to provide certain services. With the economy making a modest recovery, now is the time to invest in communities by returning critical financial state resources to the public libraries.
Address your letters to:
The Honorable Edmund G. Brown, Jr.
Governor, State of California
State Capitol, First Floor
Sacramento, CA. 95814
You may also choose to fax your letters to the Governor’s office: (916) 558-3160
Thank you for your help.