January 28, 2020

Florida Governor’s State Budget Proposal Includes Library Funding Cut

From The Ledger (Lakeland, FL):

Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s proposed budget for the next fiscal year continues a trend of better funding for arts programs but trims spending on libraries.

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The proposal recommends $24.4 million for the State Aid to Libraries program and $6.9 million for cultural and historical grants.

The library funding, if unchanged by the Florida Legislature, would mark a $3 million decline from the current fiscal year, said Gladys Roberts, director of the Polk County Library Cooperative.

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The state devoted $27.4 million to the library program in the current year, a significant increase over the $22.3 million in last year’s budget, Roberts said. The fiscal year runs from July through June.

See Also: Major Cuts Proposed for Indiana State Library Budget, Remotely Accessible Databases and Genealogy Department Targeted (January 27, 2015)

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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