Thursday, May 30, 2013

FY14 State Budget Conference Items - Action Needed

Last week the Senate finished and voted on its version of the FY 2014 budget.  See Cindy Roach’s email of 5/24/13 for full details. 

The Speaker of the House and Senate President will each appoint 3 members to serve on the Conference Committee very soon.   The line items below will be considered by the Conference Committee since the Senate and House versions and language differ for these accounts. 

7000-9101              For the operation of the board of library commissioners
WMLA Supports the Senate Budget figure:               $1,018,754     
                                                          House Budget                  $1,012,047
7000-9401              For state aid to regional public libraries; provided, that the board of library commissioners may provide quarterly advances of funds for purposes authorized by clauses (1) and (2) of section 19C of chapter 78 of the General Laws, as it considers proper, to regional public library systems throughout each fiscal year, in compliance with the office of the comptroller’s regulations on state grants, 815 CMR 2; provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, in calculating the fiscal year 2013 distribution of funds appropriated in this item, the board of library commissioners shall employ population figures used to calculate the fiscal year 2012 distribution; and provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the library of the commonwealth shall receive not less than thirty-five and nine tenths cents for each resident of the commonwealth
WMLA Supports the Senate Budget figure:                      $9,731,475
                                                      House Budget                            $9,279,475
*** IMPORTANT:   Ask your legislators to support the SENATE version, since Boston would get an additional $150,000 and MLS would get a much-needed increase of $350,000. 
Advocates please emphasize to all legislators – House and Senate Leadership, those legislators who are appointed to Conference and those who are not – that the Senate bottom line increase for this account MUST be approved in order to benefit both BPL and MLS.  If the lower House total is passed, and the Senate language increasing the BPL per capita remains, the increase for BPL will be taken from the MLS budget.   
This happened in the past to the Regional Systems, and some legislators did not realize the unintended consequence of only approving the per capita increase.  They thought they were passing an increase for the Regions, when the actual result was a cut.  We need them to understand that “You can’t increase BPL’s per capita without increasing the bottom line.”
7000-9506              For the technology and automated resource sharing networks
                                                     Senate Budget                             $1,929,238  
WMLA Supports the House Budget figure:                         $2,129,238
Contact your legislators as soon as possible.



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