Legislature Supports Libraries

Contributed by Naomi Parker, Representative Falzone’s Office

Library Legislative Caucus Chairman Representative Mark Falzone and Representative Sean Garballey, members of the newly formed Library Legislative Caucus, announced that the Massachusetts Legislature has provided strong funding for Massachusetts libraries in the Legislative Budget for Fiscal Year 2009. This final budget, approved in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, now moves to the desk of Governor Deval Patrick for signature into law.

These items in the budget include $17,166,071 for state aid to regional libraries and $9,989,844 for state aid to public libraries, both increased from appropriations in previous years. The budget also provides expanded money for two Talking Book Libraries, serving those who are blind or sight impaired, both of which received historically high funding. Other budgetary items include $1,048,560 for the operation of the Board of Library Commissioners, $3,101,000 for a Library Technology and Resource Sharing Network, and $250,000 for a matching grant program to encourage private fundraising.

Representative Garballey is a founding member of the Library Legislative Caucus.

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