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Come to Library Legislative Day, Rally for Libraries, March 22

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on Monday, March 14, 2011 in State Legislation/Initiatives
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Library Legislative Day has been rescheduled to March 22.  After the morning summary, at 9:30, we will meet at Olin Terrace to gather for the rally.  Our goal is call attention to the proposed cuts to libraries in the upcoming Governor's budget.  This is not a political rally, but a show of support for libraries of all types.  We will have some signs made up for you to use, or bring your own.  We will walk down MLK Jr. Blvd, around the square and into the rotunda.  One or two speakers, then we will break up and meet with our representatives.  This is our time to highlight the difficulties that the proposed budget will bring to our libraries, our patrons and our communities.  Don't let this chance pass you by.  Show your support.  Ask your Friends groups, board members and patrons to join you.  Please join us.  If you have...

Gov. Doyle proposes Universal Service Funds for library programs in state budget

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on Wednesday, February 18, 2009 in WLA Blog Archive
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Governor Doyle used Universal Service Funds (USF) to cover costs to continue for several library programs in his 2009-11 state budget proposal, announced last night. Public library system aids received an additional $1.5 million over the biennium, maintaining state funding at 8.2 percent of local library aids. Notably, Gov. Doyle proposed that the entire base funding for systems aids also come from USF, rather than from general purpose revenues. Likewise, he proposed that the costs to continue Newsline for the Blind, BadgerLink, and statewide service contracts come entirely from the USF.A DPI proposal to provide an additional $448,000 over the biennium for statewide delivery service was not included in the governor's budget recommendations. Also left out of the governor's proposal was the $6 million requested by UW Regents to fund the Digital Commons, a digital library initiative that would support research and advanced study across the UW System....