Thursday, May 1, 2014

Florida Legislature increases Library Cooperative & State Aid funds for FY2014-15

The Florida House and Senate have come to an agreement on the 2014 – 2015 state budget.  We have reason to celebrate!

All of you, Florida library advocates and all the members of the Florida LibraryAssociation are to be commended for your tireless efforts before and during the session. You collected data, crafted messages, and met with Senators and Representative in your districts and at the Florida Capitol on National Library Legislative Day, educating them on the important work that libraries do and the significant contribution all our libraries make to our communities – colleges, universities, schools, and towns and cities. Your hard work has paid off.

The General Appropriations Act, HB 5001 [Section 6, Program: Library and Information Services, p.389], includes an increase in funding for the Multitype Library Cooperatives (MLCs) of $500,000, for a total of $2,000,000, and an increase of $5.1 million in the State Aid line item for a total of $27,409,823.

There are also funds for a Largo Public Library bookmobile in the amount of $350,000 and Okaloosa County Public Library Cooperative funding is restored to its previous level of $85,000.

If you want more detail, go to the online PDF of the bill.  Either use find [binoculars icon] and search for “library” or go to page 389 for the details.

Many thanks to our lobbyist Chris Lyon for his hard work on our behalf, to our FLA Legislative Committee members especially Vice-Chair Charlie Parker and to both our Executive Directors during this past “year” Faye Roberts and Martina Brawer for doing great work on behalf of libraries in Florida.

Barbara Gubbin
FLA Legislative Committee Chair
Director, Jacksonville Public Library

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