Budget Conferees Trim Budget As Part Of Deal With Governor - New Library Funding Reduced From $5 million to $3 million
CLA News From the Capitol: 6.12.2014 by Mike Dillon & Christina DiCaro [ Full Text ]
Last night the Legislature’s eight-member Budget Conference Committee convened to make a series of adjustments to many previously closed Budget items and to take votes on several outstanding issues. One such item revisited was the new funding, recently approved, for the California Library Services Act and the state literacy program.
When the issue was reopened last night, the conferees noted that they were disappointed that they were going to have to make a small reduction to the previous augmentation, and reduced the CLSA by $2 million.
~ $2 million more for CLSA (current baseline is $1.8 million)
~ $1 million more for literacy (current baseline is $2.8 million)
~ $3.25 for the Governor’s proposal to link all public libraries to a high-speed, broadband network.
It was a compromise between the Senate, the Assembly, and the Governor’s office.
The CLA believes that these final numbers will be sent to the Governor for his signature on June 15. READ Full Text