Missouri: “Library Director Informs Board of Effort to Lobby Lawmakers for Increased State Funding”
State funding of the Daniel Boone Regional Library system dropped from $104,000 in 2015 to less than $28,000 this year.
Melissa Carr, director of the library system, said she and a contingent of library board and staff members met with all nine members of its legislative delegation Tuesday. She told the Daniel Boone Regional Library Board of Trustees on Thursday that the key message was to restore library funding to 2015 levels.The state in fiscal year 2015 provided $3.5 million for the state’s libraries, or about 50 cents per person. Funding dropped to $723,776 for fiscal year 2016, or about 13 cents per person.
“We were there to talk about how we could affect a change in that,” Carr said. She said Gov. Jay Nixon’s budget proposal didn’t include a funding increase for libraries.
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