Missouri: “State’s Libraries Preparing for Less Resources, Ashcroft Requesting More Funds”
From KSMU Radio:
Missouri’s Secretary of State is pushing for the state’s libraries to get the funding he says they’ve been promised.
“Statutorily, libraries are supposed to get, if I remember correctly, 10 percent of the out-of-state entertainers and athletes tax; which is about four million dollars and change it’s always estimated. We’ve never gotten that,” [Sec. of State Jay] Ashcroft told KSMU.
But full funding for libraries never seem to get to them, says Ashcroft, due to budget cuts or withholds by the governor.
Ashcroft says over the last three years, state library funding has been cut by about 57 percent. He notes cuts to certain library programs, like broadband access for patrons, could significantly hurt libraries.
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Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com.