Posted on 19 November 2008.
The Legislative Special Session ended yesterday with no agreement between the Governor and the state Legislature on futher mid-year budget cuts. NYLA’s Library Rally at the Capitol yesterday, which brought 450 library advocates to Albany, showed state policymakers in a very visible, loud and forceful (but law abiding) manner, that the library community would not stand for any further cuts in funding. Thank you to all who attended the rally, and sent letters and faxes to your legislators. Your advocacy efforts do make a difference.
The Governor plans to release his 2009-2010 Executive Budget on December 16th, which will undoubtedly call for additional cuts in Library Aid. It is also still unclear when the remaining $26 million in undistributed Library Aid from the 2008-09 State Budget will be released. We will keep you informed of any developments in this ongoing budget saga.
Please keep up your advocacy efforts at this critical time. Invite local legislators to your library, meet with them in their offices, and promote all your great programs and resources through your newsletters, websites and blogs.