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Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh relies on State funding to provide critical services to our community such as early learning programs for children, job search assistance and computer and Internet access.
New leadership has come to Harrisburg with the election of Governor Tom Wolf, and improving education is a top priority in 2015. Libraries are an essential part of a strong Pennsylvania education and are key assets to building literacy levels and moving PA Forward; yet, the Governor's proposed budget has reduced funding for libraries across the State.
It has become increasingly difficult to provide essential literacy services after nine years of stagnant and declining State budgets.
Please take a moment to contact your state legislators and Governor Wolf's Office to urge them to make a stronger investment in library services in the final 2015-16 budget.
The Pennsylvania Library Association (PaLA) has approved a plan that will provide libraries with the resources needed to meet the growing demands of the public. PaLA's long-term goals call for:
1. More equitable state support for library services. A $5 local - $5 state matching plan for the Public Library Subsidy.
State Investment: Currently: $53,507,000 Recommended: $93,253,500
2. Restoration of Library Access, the State Library, and Libraries for the Visually Impaired and Disabled to pre-Great Recession (2007-08) funding levels.
State Investment: Currently: $7,595,000 Recommended: $15,135,000
Being mindful of extreme budgetary pressures facing State lawmakers, CLP is supportive of phasing in this long-term strategy.Please help CLP by contacting your state legislator today by calling, mailing or by clicking here.
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