|Letters Needed in Support of Increased Library Funding in State Budget|
March 31, 2015
TO: CLA MEMBERS/ SYSTEMS/ NETWORK CONTACTS
FROM: Mike Dillon, 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:
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 .
Senate Budget Subcommittee Number 1 on Education Finance
Senator Marty Block, Chair
Senator Ben Allen, Member
Senator Mike Morrell, Member
Assembly Budget Subcommittee Number 2 on Education Finance
Assemblymember Kevin McCarty, Chair
Assemblymember Rocky Chavez, Member
Assemblymember Young Kim, Member
Assembymember Patrick O’Donnell, Member
Assemblymember Phil Ting, Member
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. (“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.