Arizona: “U.S. Congressman Raul Grijalv Fears Library Cuts in Federal Budget”
Congressman Raul Grijalva [D-AZ] is worried Federal budget cuts will starve local libraries.
Congressman Raul Grijalva gathered local library backers, and almost 90 members of Congress to fight library cuts in President Trump’s proposed budget.
They say 186 million dollars in cuts is a tiny cut in the overall budget that will bleed life from the libraries.
Congressman Grijalva says libraries help build the economy, by helping people get good jobs.
When Congressman Raúl Grijalva was a child, libraries were one of the most important things in his life. He discovered newspapers, magazines and Gulliver’s Travels.
“It was a place where you could be someone else, experience something as a young kid that was beyond any comprehension of what you would be able to do yourself,” Grijalva said on the morning of April 18, in front of El Pueblo Library.
A group of librarians and library advocates stood behind him [Rep. Grijalva], just after National Library Week and in the wake of President Trump’s 2018 budget proposal, which would eliminate all federal funding for the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The federal agency manages library grants nationwide, funding many library programs and services.
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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. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.