After six years of declining support from Harrisburg, the time has come to bolster Pennsylvania’s literacy backbone—its library infrastructure. Had state support for libraries remained flat since 2007-2008 (and not accounting for inflation), the cumulative value of lost library services due to budget cuts totals more than $162 million across the whole state!
In 2014, it is time to repair this setback and rebuild Pennsylvania's library services, including technology upgrades, expanded services for young learners, broader selections for readers, greater sharing and cooperation, and 21st century professional leadership.
For the upcoming 2014-15 State budget beginning on July 1, we are asking library supporters across the state and locally to call on Governor Tom Corbett and all members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly to boost literacy by rebuilding library services through a three-pronged approach:
- Public Library Subsidy: $54.507 million (an increase of $1 million over current funding)
- Library Access: $5.764 million (an increase of $2.7 million over current funding)
- Library Services for the Visually Impaired and Disabled: $3.967 million ($1.4 million over current funding)
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