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Budget Subcommittees at the Capitol Discuss Governor’s May Revise Proposal for Libraries
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May 15, 2019

 

TO:                  CLA MEMBERS/ SYSTEMS/ NETWORK CONTACTS

FROM:           Mike Dillon and Christina DiCaro, CLA Lobbyists

RE:                 News From the Capitol

 

Budget Subcommittees at the Capitol Discuss Governor’s May Revise Proposal for Libraries

This morning both the Assembly and Senate Budget Subcommittees on Education Finance met to consider Governor Newsom’s May Revision proposals, which included $8 million in new funding for two library programs under the State Library’s purview.   The Senate subcommittee took formal action on the library items and voted to move them forward, while the Assembly decided to treat today’s hearing as “informational” only, and they held most of their items “open” for a few more days.  The subcommittee has traditionally been very supportive of library funding, so we are optimistic that they will similarly vote to move these items forward when they close out their work.

As we reported on May 9th in our “News From the Capitol” update, the Governor is recommending $5 million in “one-time funding for “Early Learning and After-School Library Program Grants… to support grants for local library jurisdictions with the lowest per-capital library spending to develop and implement early learning and after-school library programs.”  Additionally, the Governor recommends $3 million in one-time funding “to support grants for local library jurisdictions to purchase bookmobiles and community outreach vehicles that would be used to expand access to books and library materials in under-resourced neighborhoods.”   Additionally, the Governor’s Budget also proposes $1 million in one-time funding for Lunch at the Library and $1 million one-time funding for Zip Books.  CLA is in strong support of these proposed augmentations. 

We will continue to keep you updated as these items progress through the Budget process.  The Legislature is required to pass the State Budget by June 15.