Earlier this year, Governor Kasich introduced his state budget proposal for fiscal years(FY) 2018 and 2019. 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.
On May 2, the Ohio House passed the two-year state budget (Sub. HB 49). They decided NOT to maintain the PLF at the current funding of 1.7% of the GRF as we requested.
Sub. HB 49 formally moved to the Senate for consideration. The Senate still has an opportunity to make its own revisions over the coming weeks.
Now is the time to urge our State Senators to protect Ohio libraries from budget cuts.
Tell the Senate:
- 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.