News Release

Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
DATE: April 11, 2014
CONTACT: Celeste Bruno
Communications Specialist
1-800-952-7403 x208
celeste.bruno@state.ma.us


House Budget Released

On Wednesday, April 9, the House Ways and Means FY2015 budget was released. The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC), along with the Massachusetts Library Association and the Massachusetts Library System, aggressively pursued increases in State Aid to Public Libraries (line 9501) and Technology and Resource Sharing (line 9506) as a way to support the new statewide eBook program and bring new technology into libraries. The MBLC's 2015 Legislative Agenda outlines the great need for funding. While both lines were increased, the levels fall far below the amount requested in the Legislative Agenda. Amendments to bring funding closer to the levels requested in the Legislative Agenda will be filed on Friday, April 11th.

The Talking Book Libraries (Worcester and Perkins) and the MBLC administrative accounts were funded at the level requested in the Legislative Agenda.

The House will debate the budget during the last week of April. Below is the breakdown of funding:

7000-9501: State Aid to Public Libraries:

House Ways and Means Budget Recommendation: $7,223,657, an increase of $263,527 over Governor's budget. House Ways and Means authorizes the MBLC to award waivers "in excess of the waiver limit" (unlimited waivers).

Governor (House 2) FY 2015 Recommendation: $6,960,130
House 2 authorizes the MBLC to award waivers "in excess of the waiver limit" (unlimited waivers).

MBLC FY2015 Legislative Agenda request: $11,000,000

FY 2014 Budget Amount: $6,823,657

7000-9506: Library Technology and Resource Sharing

House Ways and Means Budget Recommendation: $2,129,238, an increase of $161,415 over the Governor's budget.

Governor (House 2) FY2015 Recommendation: $1,967,823

MBLC FY2015 Legislative Agenda Request: $4,000,000

FY2014 Budget Amount: $1,929,238

7000-9101: Board of Library Commissioners

House Ways and Means Budget Recommendation: $1,120,047

Governor (House 2) FY2015 Recommendation: $1,120,047

MBLC FY2015 Legislative Agenda Request: $1,120,047

FY2014 Budget Amount: $1,012,047

7000-9401: State Aid to Regional Public Libraries

House Ways and Means Budget Recommendation: $9,723,978
The Library for the Commonwealth is funded at $0.394 per capita.

Governor (House 2) FY2015 Recommendation: $9,723,978
Library for the Commonwealth funded at $0.394 per capita.

MBLC FY2015 Legislative Agenda Request: $10,940,475

FY2014 Budget Amount: $9,579,475
Library for the Commonwealth funded at $0.383 per capita.

7000-9402: Talking Book Library at Worcester

House Ways and Means Budget Recommendation: $446,828

Governor (House 2) FY2015 Recommendation: $446,828

MBLC FY2015 Legislative Agenda Request: $446,828

FY2014 Budget Amount: $441,394

7000-9406: Talking Book and Machine Lending Library (Perkins)

House Ways and Means Budget Recommendation: $2,516,693

Governor (House 2) FY2015 Recommendation: $2,516,693

MBLC FY2015 Legislative Agenda Request: $2,516,693

FY2014 Budget Amount: $2,455,408

Information on the MBLC funding history is available on the agency site.

About MBLC

The Board of Library Commissioners (mass.gov/mblc) is the agency of state government with the statutory authority and responsibility to organize, develop, coordinate and improve library services throughout the Commonwealth. The Board advises municipalities and library trustees on the operation and maintenance of public libraries, including construction and renovation. It administers state and federal grant programs for libraries and promotes cooperation among all types of libraries through regional library systems and automated resource sharing. It also works to ensure that all residents of the Commonwealth, regardless of their geographic location, social or economic status, age, level of physical or intellectual ability or cultural background, have access to essential new electronic information technologies and significant electronic databases.

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