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Letters Needed in Support of Increased Library Funding in State Budget
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March 31, 2015

TO:                 CLA MEMBERS/ SYSTEMS/ NETWORK CONTACTS

FROM:           Mike Dillon, CLA Lobbyist
                       Christina DiCaro, CLA Lobbyist

RE:                 News From the Capitol

 

I.              CALL TO ACTION – LETTERS NEEDED BY APRIL 15th IN SUPPORT OF INCREASED STATE LIBRARY FUNDING

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.

Take Action Today:  The “Budget Ask”

CLA is requesting your help in writing to the members of the two subcommittees to urge their strong support of a proposal to provide $11.5 million in new funding for three very important library programs.  The CLA Legislative Committee has developed the following “Budget Ask” for the 2015-16 Budget.  This “ask” was developed based on feedback from your “Day in the District” visits with Legislators, where many of you told your Senators and Assemblymembers that more funding for the California Library Services Act is critical.  Additionally, the roll-out of the Governor’s Broadband proposal for libraries and his “AB 86” adult education consortia reforms necessitate additional funding. 

Specifically, CLA is requesting $11.5 million in new funding:

  • $4 million for the California Library Services Act
  • $2 million for the California library literacy program
  • $5 million for connectivity grants, to assist libraries in joining the new broadband network operated by the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC)
  • $500K in administration costs and staff for the CLSA and broadband project.    

Please take a minute today to use the following “sample letter,” adapting it to reflect the specific needs of your own library or programs, and mail or fax it to the following key legislators.  Note:  Your letters should be received by these subcommittee members by April 15.

Senate Budget Subcommittee Number 1 on Education Finance

Senator Marty Block, Chair
Senate Budget Subcommittee No. 1 on Education Finance
State Capitol, Room 4072
Sacramento, CA.  95814
Fax:  (916) 651-4939

Senator Ben Allen, Member
Senate Budget Subcommittee No. 1 on Education Finance
State Capitol, Room 2054
Sacramento, CA.  95814
Fax:  (916)  651-4926 

Senator Mike Morrell, Member
Senate Budget Subcommittee No. 1 on Education Finance
State Capitol, Room 3056
Sacramento, CA.  95814
Fax:  (916) 651-4923

Assembly Budget Subcommittee Number 2 on Education Finance

Assemblymember Kevin McCarty, Chair
Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 2 on Education Finance
State Capitol, Room 2160
Sacramento, CA.  95814
Fax:  (916) 319-2107

Assemblymember Rocky Chavez, Member
Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 2 on Education Finance
State Capitol, Room 2170
Sacramento, CA.  95814
Fax:  (916) 319-2176

Assemblymember Young Kim, Member
Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 2 on Education Finance
State Capitol, Room 4177
Sacramento, CA.  95814
Fax:  (916) 319-2165

Assembymember Patrick O’Donnell, Member
Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 2 on Education Finance
State Capitol, Room 4166
Sacramento, CA.  95814
Fax:  (916) 319-2170

Assemblymember Phil Ting, Member
Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 2 on Education Finance
State Capitol, Room 3123
Sacramento, CA.  95814
Fax:  (916) 319-2119

 

II.            SENATE RESOLUTION CELEBRATES “CALIFORNIA LIBRARY WEEK”

Senator Lois Wolk, a long-standing library champion during her time in the California Legislature, recently introduced a resolution on behalf of the California Library Association (CLA), to celebrate “California Library Week.”  The official resolution, SCR 31, recognizes the tremendous work of public libraries, library staff, and the California State Library, and encourages libraries throughout the state to celebrate these efforts during the week of April 12 through April 18, 2015.  (“California Library Week” also coincides with “National Library Week.”) 

Joining author, Senator Wolk on the resolution, are co-authors, Senators Jerry Hill, Carol Liu, and Jim Nielsen (author of the Public Library Foundation legislation), and Assemblymen Mike Gatto and Rich Gordon.

“California Library Week” is a great time to consider inviting a legislator to your library to tour your facility.

CLA would like to extend a special “thank” you to Senator Wolk for introducing SCR 31.