Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Governor Signs 2016-17 Budget and “Trailer Bill” :: Contains $4.8 Million in New Funding for CSLA

Governor Signs 2016-17 Budget and “Trailer Bill”:
Contains $4.8 Million in New Funding for CSLA
News From the Capitol: 6.30.2016 by Mike Dillon and Christina DiCaro, CLA Lobbyists

Monday afternoon Governor Jerry Brown signed into law the 2016-17 State Budget and corresponding Budget “trailer bills,” both of which contain new funding for the California Library Services Act.  The Governor issued a press release after signing the Budget bill, SB 826-Leno stating, “This solid budget makes responsible investments in California and sets aside billions of dollars to prepare for the next recession.”  Due to very collaborative negotiations between the legislature and the Governor, when the Governor signed the Budget bill he did not “blue pencil” or make targeted reductions to any of the programs in SB 826.

SB 826:  the 2016-17 Budget Bill
This measure contains $1.8 million in new, ongoing funding for the California Library Services Act.  This amount is added to the current baseline funding in the Act, which stands at $1.8 million -- for a new total of $3.6 million.  This funding continues to restore some of the cuts made to this program during the recent Recession.

SB 1602-Committee on Budget:  “Trailer bill” pertaining to Higher Education
This measure is approximately 90 pages in length and contains numerous provisions related to higher education and other matters, such as the State Library.  Specifically, SB 1602 includes the Governor’s proposal to provide $3 million in “one time funding” (meaning that it must be spent during the 2016-17 Budget year) to encourage the Systems within the California Library Services Act to participate in, or develop innovative programs for, digital delivery and resource sharing.  Throughout the Budget process, CLA strongly supported the Governor’s proposal relative to the $3 million, as well as the $1.8 million mentioned above.  We were pleased when both the Assembly and the Senate Budget Subcommittees adopted the proposals by unanimous votes.  READ MORE @

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