Governor Cuts Library Support - The Governor released the executive budget and the news is not good for libraries. The core details are as follows:
* $81.6M in library aid
* $1.3M MTA tax reimbursement
* $14M library construction fund
The Governor broke with his own precedent and did not include the legislative add-back from the previous year’s enacted budget into the present year’s baseline aid (if included aid would have been $85.6M). In effect, he proposed a 4.7% cut from current funding levels.
In a year the state is allegedly so flush with revenues that the Governor is proposing both tax cuts and new spending programs, it is obviously frustrating that he would reverse his established practice and commitment to libraries.
There is a 21-day and 30-day amendments period – during this time, the Governor could decide to add the $4M back in, and that’s where immediate advocacy efforts of NYLA, the NY Alliance of Library Systems, the NY 3Rs Association, Inc, including NNYLN, will be focused. Please stay tuned. We will need your help!
e-Points North - People looking for information from Edwards-Knox Central School or St. Lawrence Central School yearbooks can now find them all through a few clicks on their computer. (Full story.)
The Sun (Fort Covington) - March 20, 1930 - "On March 17, St. Patrick's day is celebrated as the national festival of Ireland and its observance is more or less general among Irishmen and their descendants throughout the world. The date is said to be that of St. Patrick's death, but even the year is not known."
(Find this and more interesting articles on the Northern New York Historical Newspapers website.)
Webinar 3C: Low Tech Storage Solutions: Photographs will be held March 25, 2014 from 1:00-3:00 pm.