Members of the LWVBAE Education Team members attended a briefing by Assemblymember Nancy Skinner on the recent California State Budget’s effect on libraries and literacy programs. The briefing was Monday, July 21, 2014.
A total $6.25 M is set for public libraries from the California State Budget for FY 2014/15. Of this money, from the General Fund, 3.25 M was dedicated funds for high speed internet, and 3 M was for the library and literacy. The representatives from various local libraries that were present showed little surprise.
Skinner also talked about funds for the arts. Community based grants were allocated $5 M; proposals being accepted beginning July 1, 2014. Skinner noted that presently there is a bit of a debate as to whether state monies are best spent for art or if the city and county would better meet these needs. Assemblymember Skinner advised that the arts groups become active advocates, not unlike library supporters, in order to promote their projects and thereby gain greater monetary support in the coming fiscal year. She added that the Arts Council sends out notices for proposals but that anyone interested can contact her office at 510-286-1400 to get information on how to apply.
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