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State Aid & Library Cooperative Funding Eliminated in Senate TTED Appropriations Subcommittee Proposed Budget – Contacts Needed Now!

On March 21, 2011 the Senate Transportation, Tourism and Economic Development Appropriations Subcommittee proposed a budget entirely eliminating State Aid to Public Libraries and Library Cooperative (MLC) funding.

Library advocates need to contact members of the Senate TTED Committee NOW – before the end of business Wednesday or Thursday noon at the latest. They will vote on their proposed budget Thursday afternoon.

Floridians and Florida libraries need $21.2 million for State Aid to Public Libraries and $1.2 million for Library Cooperatives.

State Aid is critical to library support for job seekers, those seeking E-Government services, and support for early learning.

Elimination of State Aid will result in a decrease in the $9 million in federal Library Services and Technology Act funds Florida currently receives. Public library funding generates a $8.32 return on investment. Without this funding branches will close in large and small communities throughout the state. Library Cooperative funding is critical for Interlibrary Loan, resource sharing, and training. Several of the 5 MLCs may not survive without this funding. Cutting funding to public libraries and MLCs can also affect academic and special libraries.

Suggested message – To members of the Senate TTED Committee: “Please include funding for State Aid to Public Libraries and Library Cooperative funding in the Senate TTED budget. Please fund State Aid at the current $21.2 million and Libraries Cooperatives at the current $1.2 million.”

Please ask your Senators to ask TTED members to fund these programs.

Please keep your communications positive! These are difficult budget times. The legislators are our friends, they want to fund libraries, and they need to receive a positive message from Floridians so that they know there is a public mandate.

To make your e-mail contacts easier, here are all of the TTED and Senate President’s e-mail addresses ready for copying into your messages.

haridopolos.mike.web@flsentate.gov; alexander.jd.web@flsenate.gov; gaetz.don.web@flsenate.gov; margolis.gwen.web@flsenate.gov; benacquisto.lizbeth.web@flsenate.gov; Bennett.mike.web@flsenate.gov; bogdanoff.ellyn.web@flsenate.gov; bullard.larcenia.web@flsenate.gov; dean.charles.web@flsenate.gov; portilla.miguel.web@flsenate.gov; evers.greg.web@flsenate.gov; fasano.mike.web@flsenate.gov; hill.tony.web@flsenate.gov; latvala.jack.web@flsenate.gov; norman.jim.web@flsenate.gov; sachs.maria.web@flsenate.gov; smith.chris.web@flsenate.gov; sobel.eleanor.web@flsenate.gov

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