Governor Cuomo released his FY2019-2020 Executive Budget proposal & accompanying legislation. The Governor pitched his Executive Budget as a “Democracy Agenda” — but it includes the third straight year of drastic cuts to library funding!
From the Governor’s Executive Budget Proposal:
Library Aid: $91.6M (-5% CUT)
The proposed funding is $5M less than what was in last year’s enacted state budget. This proposed CUT fails to acknowledge the crucial role libraries serve in our communities, and the contributions they make to our state’s education system. Libraries ARE Education!
Library Construction Aid: $14M ($20M CUT)
As you know, the State Library Construction Aid program received a $20M increase in last year’s enacted budget. Governor Cuomo has proposed eliminating that additional funding. The State Division of Library Development estimates that library renovation and construction needs are $1.7B statewide. Over 48% of public libraries in NYS are 60+ years old, and an additional 33% are 30+ years old. Investment in the Library Construction Aid program must be increased to address aging infrastructure, energy inefficient buildings and the evolving ways people use libraries.
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