Update on Library Aid in the Governor’s 2014-15 Executive Budget.

The Governor proposed $81.6M in Library Aid – while not a cut from last year’s proposal, it does not include the $4M added by the legislature in last year’s enacted budget. Though this was not a cut targeted specifically at library aid – the Governor failed to include all of last year’s legislative program adds in this budget – this does break with years-old precedent. Also included was $1.3M MTA Tax reimbursement and $14M for the library construction aid program – the same allocations as last year.


The Executive Budget is not yet finalized – the Governor can include additional funding by submitting an amended budget in the next 30 days, so the time to take action is NOW.  NYLA provides you with a quick and easy means of showing your support. Follow the link below, click on ‘Take Action’, edit the supplied advocacy message as you like, enter your name and address, and hit ‘send message’. Your message will automatically be delivered to Governor Cuomo.

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NYLA’s Legislative Action Center

Do not forget to make your voice heard on Library Advocacy Day on February 26, 2014 in Albany. Please visit NYLA’s Advocacy Center for more information.