O’Malley releases FY 11 budget for Maryland

Governor O’Malley released the details of the FY 11 budget today.  The budget closes the $2 billion deficit.  While the budget appears to be cutting an additional $330 million in local support, apparently it is not coming out of libraries.  Most of the changes in funding to libraries seem to be based on normal population increases and decreases and the wealth/population formula.  Some of the highlights regarding libraries are:

  •  State teachers’ and librarians’ pensions are fully funded.
  • The County Public Libraries received a slight reduction of $187,070.  The FY 11 proposed state appropriation is $33,032,330; the FY 10 appropriation was $33,219,400.
  • The State Library Resource Center (SLRC) received a small gain of $25,473, however, this does not begin to restore the significant reduction received in FY 10.  The FY 11 proposed appropriation is $9,408.107; the FY 10 appropriation was $9,382,634.
  • The Regional Libraries received a small gain of $23,733.  The FY 11 proposed appropriation is $6,185,646; the FY 10 appropriation was $6,161,913.

 The press release from the Governor’s office includes some additional highlights.  This page also provides links to a PowerPoint presentation, the Budget in Brief and Budget Highlights.

 The Budget Bill is SB 140 and the Budget Reconciliation and Financing Act of 2010 (BRFA) is SB 141.  These bills should be available for viewing on the Maryland General Assembly’s web site on January 21st.

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