Here's the latest New York State budget news from NYLA (from Jeremy Johannesen on 4/1):
The Governor and Legislature have come to an agreement on the FY2016-17 New York State budget.
Thanks to your efforts and effective advocacy, we are happy to report the following:
State Library Aid: $95.6M ($4M increase)
This allocation represents a 4.3% increase in total library aid, which is equivalent to the increase in educational foundation aid. This is the most library aid included in any state budget since FY2008-09.
State Library Construction Aid: $19M ($5M increase)
The allocation for the construction aid program was increased by $5M, or 35%, which is the first increase in nearly a decade.
This year's budget, an election year budget, produced many challenges. The cumulative effect of your advocacy efforts - your letters, phone calls, meeting with your legislators, participation in Advocacy Day - made the difference and allowed us to fare better than many groups. Thank you!