Massachusetts: “Libraries Seeing Little in New State Support”
While libraries in Massachusetts are grappling with different demands from users and new technologies such as electronic books, state funding for the libraries is at the same level it was in 1994, Board of Library Commissioners Director Robert Maier told lawmakers yesterday.
“The funding is way down,” Maier told the House and Senate Ways and Means committees at a budget hearing in the library of Everett High School.
The decreased state funding has set the tone for local funding as well, Maier said. “They feel empowered to reduce their local funding to libraries,” said Maier.
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