State Budget Bill Will Affect Libraries - Contact Your Legislators

Governor Kasich introduced his state budget proposal earlier this month for fiscal years(FY) 2018 and 2019. The legislation, House Bill (HB 49) contains over 3,500 pages of appropriations and policy changes for numerous state agencies, local governments and school districts. Several entities and programs would receive state funding cuts under Gov. Kasich’s proposal – including public libraries!

Gov. Kasich’s proposal would cut state funding to Ohio’s public libraries by more than $7 million in FY 2018 by reducing the Public Library Fund (PLF) from 1.7% of the state’s General Revenue Fund (GRF) to 1.66% of the GRF. We need to ensure our voices are heard at the Statehouse in an already crowded state budget conversation.

Legislators are hearing from their constituents on tax policy, education issues and other local government issues in the state budget. We need to make sure legislators hear from public libraries on the PLF – urge them to Protect the PLF!

 

Tell Legislators:

- DO NOT CUT state funding to Ohio’s public libraries.

- Maintain state funding for public libraries at 1.7% of the GRF.

- Hold public libraries harmless from any additional unintended reductions by guaranteeing the PLF receives no less than the FY 2017 total distribution.

Contact House Finance Committee Members

http://www.ohiohouse.gov/committee/finance