From the Connecticut Library Consortium –
Connecticut libraries are reeling from the news that the governor’s recent budget proposes to eliminate all state funding for Cooperating Library Service Units (CLC) as well as funding for Connecticard, Grants to Public Libraries, and more. In addition, there is a proposal to eliminate the state statutes that authorize and support these programs.
Many of you recall other years when CLC has faced similar budget woes, only to have funding reinstated. It is very unlikely that CLC will dodge the budget bullet again this year.
The governor’s proposed cut (63% of our operating budget) will mean CLC will not be able to continue providing our current programs and savings next year. CLC’s future is also in jeopardy.
We need your help now to make sure the budget that is recommended in April by the Appropriations Committee includes full funding for CLC.
Attend the Rally to Save CT Libraries on April 15th (noon-1pm) at the State Capitol. Bring your staff, Friends, community stakeholders, and patrons of all ages! Watch the CLA and CLC websites and your email for more details.