At a glance: Public libraries will receive $53.5 million in state funding under Gov. Tom Corbett’s 2013-14 budget.
What it means: Consider it deja vu: The $53.5 million state subsidy to public libraries remains unchanged from that of the last couple of years.
State funding to libraries has not seen peak levels of $75 million approved under the Ridge Administration for years.
One bright spot in library funding: the small increases earmarked for a statewide initiative for database research. A near $250,000 infusion to this line item means public libraries will benefit from purchases made at the state level on their behalf.
Funding for services to the disabled and visually impaired also remains flat at last year’s level of $2.5 million.
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