NYS FY19-20 Budget Flat-Funds Library Aid, Rolls-back Library Construction Aid
This year’s NYS Budget process came to completion around 7am on Monday Morning (April 1, 2019), with the Governor & Lt. Governor getting a resolution passed which would provide them each with a pay raise.
This year’s process was the most difficult, opaque, and contentious in recent memory. Concerns over budget shortfalls and the inaccuracy of future revenue projections cast an increasingly long shadow over negotiations, and the legislature wasn’t able to hold together on many of their priorities. This is a “Governor’s budget” and I have no doubt that will be the theme as the product is dissected in the coming days.
Despite this complex political atmosphere and several setbacks along the way, your sustained and effective advocacy efforts secured the following hard-won victories:
State Library Aid: $96.6M
State Public Library Construction Aid: $14M
2020 Census Efforts
Midyear Budget Adjustments
Governor Cuomo’s January 2019 Executive Budget cut New York’s core library aid programs, and marked his ninth consecutive budget in which he proposed to defund the State Library Aid program. We worked together successfully to not only turn back each of the Governor’s proposed cuts, but to achieve record funding for library programs in New York State.
Despite reversing the Governor’s cut to the State Library Aid program, his $20m cut to the Public Library Construction Aid program was left in place – one of many programs that succumbed to the Governor’s crass, zero-sum political gamesmanship.
This year was a disappointment. And if you’re like me, you’re feeling something beyond disappointment – frustration, and anger. It has been extremely difficult to harness those emotions walking the Capitol’s hallways since Monday morning.
The budget process is long, grinding, and difficult. Without our partners in the legislature, we would have lost tens of millions in funding during the Cuomo years. They have fought for us before, and we need them to fight for us in the future. Please click this link to send a note of appreciation to our partners in the legislature for their efforts on our behalf.
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