Florida Governor’s State Budget Proposal Includes Library Funding Cut
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.
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.
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.
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