Both the NYS Senate and NYS Assembly have released information from their one house budget bills; both versions have the same numbers included for libraries.
State Library Aid: +$5M over Governor’s Executive Budget ($96.6M total)
State Library Construction Aid: +$10M over Executive Budget ($24M total)
MTA Tax Reimbursement: $1.3M
Having the same number in both one house budget bills puts us in very good position going into negotiations between the Senate, Assembly and Governor Cuomo.
These adds are a testament to the hard work and commitment of New York’s library advocates.
NOW IS THE TIME FOR US TO ACT!
We need our supporters to take action once again to ensure that our friends in the legislature fight for libraries as negotiations take shape. This year’s budget is very fluid, and no matter what the Senate and Assembly have staked out in their one-houses, these numbers are not final. We must SPEAK UP NOW!
Even if you have already written to your representative, please send this NEW message to your legislators that library funding is NOT NEGOTIABLE!
Please share this link with everyone you can. This is our last chance to be heard.
Thank you to everyone who has spoken up and spread the word – together we are making a difference!