ASSEMBLY BUDGET SUBCOMMITTEE APPROVES $10 MILLION “STATE LIBRARY BUDGET PACKAGE”
CLSA and Literacy programs would benefit from new money
May 21: Hearing
~ $2.25 Million for public library broadband proposal
~ $1 Million in grants to help libraries connect to CENIC
“State Library Budget Package” $10 Million in new funding for public libraries:
Approve the May Revise Request for $192,000 and two positions
$2 million - California Library Literacy and English Acquisition Services Program
$8 million - California Library Services Act
The Department of Finance indicated that they could not support the additional $10 million as it would create greater cost pressure on the state’s General Fund. The issue passed on a bi-partisan vote of 5-0 (Aye: Muratsuchi, Chavez, Dababneh, Nestande, and Ting).
The Senate Budget Subcommittee has no additional funding in their Budget for these two programs.
This will force the issue into the Budget Conference Committee (the members have been appointed yet) process.
~ will likely begin convening at the end of next week or the first part of June
~ send a Budget bill down to the Governor by June 15, the constitutional deadline
Look for additional report early next week; “next steps”; and contact information for the members of the Budget Conference Committee.
CLA-News From the Capitol: 5.21.2014 by Mike Dillon & Christina DiCaro