October 26, 2021

Missouri: Libraries Face Cuts Under Gov. Greitens’ Spending Plan

From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

Fewer books for kids and less public internet access for job seekers are two of the potential effects of Gov. Eric Greitens budget proposal.

Under the $27.6 billion spending blueprint unveiled by the Republican newcomer last month, libraries would see nearly $3 million less than they had expected to get last year as part of a series of cuts made to deal with less than robust growth in tax revenue.

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Kirkwood Public Library Director Sarah Erwin said the library typically uses the state funds for internet service. The budget proposal would reduce those funds by more than $9,800 in the fiscal year beginning July 1.

 “We won’t have to close, but the ability to offer extended things is limited,” Erwin said.
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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