Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Library Advocate Alert

As you may know, the state is potentially facing a $4 billion plus deficit in the next fiscal year starting April 1, 2008. The NYS Division of Budget is currently working on putting together the 2008-09 Executive Budget, which the Governor is scheduled to release on January 22nd

In order to preserve the gains libraries have made over the past few years, the New York Library Association is asking library advocates to contact the Governor in support of keeping the increases in Library Aid ($8 million) and Public Construction Aid ($14 million) in his proposed 2008-09 Executive Budget.

NYLA is also urging the Governor to amend the Contracts for Excellence Initiative to permit increased funding for schools to purchase books and to hire school library media specialists in high need school districts.

Visit www.nyla.org and click on "Become a Library Advocate" button to send a fax to the Governor. Also NYLA's full 2008 State Budget Priorities are listed under Headlines.

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