October 18, 2021

Connecticut Governor Proposes Significant Funding Cuts To Library Services

UPDATE: For a Useful FAQ and Several Primary Documents re: Possible Budget Cuts, See this Page from the CT Library Association.

From The Bulletin (Norwich, CT):

Emily Ramos and Ashley Torres never realized the number of ways the Willimantic Public Library could help them with their school work until Windham Technical High School held a library card sign-up session for its students Tuesday.

Many of those programs, however, could be in jeopardy if Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s proposal to cut the state library budget by $2 million goes through. Local librarians say those dollars are critical to funding local programs. For now, however, Ramos and Torres are armed with library cards that give them access to any library in the state and a vast digital collection.

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A protest of the cuts is planned for the state capitol at noon April 15, during National Library Week.

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From the Darien Patch:

The governor’s proposed budget would zero out the $950,000 that the state spent on Connecticard this year (Malloy was asked to fund it at $1.25 million next fiscal year). The other program is the Connecticut Library Consortium, which would lose all of its $332,500 state financing in the next fiscal year, which begins July 1. That represents 63 percent of its operating funds, the nonprofit agency says.

The cuts are part of a long list of spending reductions in the governor’s proposed budget meant to reduce the state’s projected $1.3 billion deficit for the 2015-2016 fiscal year. (The year after that, another $1.3 billion deficit is projected — in both cases, the reason is said to be smaller-than-expected revenues and less federal aid.)

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See Also: Connecticut Library Consortium Advocacy Web Page

About Gary Price

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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