Final budget sent to Governor

Posted: Tuesday, July 14, 2009, 11:03 am

After a 13-day impasse, the Ohio legislature sent a new state budget to the governor yesterday.

The budget includes a cut to Ohio's Public Library Fund (PLF) in the amount of $84.3 million over the next two years. The cut is substantially less than the approximate $227.3 million cut proposed by Gov. Ted Strickland on June 19 but will still have a significant impact on the services provided by Ohio's public libraries.

The following is excerpted from a press release issued by the Ohio Library Council:

"The Ohio Library Council acknowledges the countless hours and hard work by the members of the General Assembly and their staff to reach this agreement," according to Doug Evans, Executive Director, Ohio Library Council. "Ohio's public libraries have the citizens of Ohio to thank for exerting extraordinary influence on their elected representatives in the Ohio General Assembly to minimize the cuts to library funding. We believe the overwhelming groundswell of public support convinced the legislature to reject the Governor's massive cuts, and attempt to preserve library funding as much as possible during this challenging financial situation."

Article in the Columbus Dispatch:
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