On February 5, 2013, Governor Tom Corbett unveiled his budget plan for 2013-2014. For the first time since he took office, the Governor proposes an increase in the overall state budget of about 2.4%.
Funding for all library line items is proposed to remain level-funded at slightly more than $60.8 million under Governor Corbett’s budget plan. The good news is that this is the first time since 2007-08 that a Governor’s budget does not propose cutting any library funding.Specifically, here’s what the Governor proposes for library programs for next year:
- $53,507,000 Public Library Subsidy
- $ 2,821,000 Library Access
- $ 2,567,000 Library Services for the Visually Impaired and Disabled
- $ 1,946,000 Office of Commonwealth Libraries
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s 2013 budget includes $3.308 million from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Library relies on this funding to provide critical services to our community such as early learning programs for children, job search assistance and computer and Internet access.Please visit the Pennsylvania Library Association website for more information about the state budget and how you can advocate for libraries.
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