Archive for January, 2011



Elected officials forecast budget challenges and possible solutions

At the Maryland Association of Counties (MACO) Conference, Governor O’Malley, Senate President Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael Busch are talking with local elected officials about the challenges facing them as they wrestle with the state budget and a projected $1.6 billion shortfall.

O’Malley has promised not to pass along any teacher pension costs this year, adding that the pension system must be changed first.  However, the General Assembly could still decide to shift some of the costs.  Miller and Busch also warned that the budget will very likely include a reduction in local aid.  Local officials are concerned with the impact and that tax payers will suffer.  For more information, check out the following articles:

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Continuing Resolution maintains federal budget until March 4th

A Continuing Resolution passed by the 111th Congress at the end of December will allow the federal government to continue running on FY 2010’s spending levels until March 4th.  The 112th Congress, which just convened on January 5th, has not yet taken any measures to establish a budget for the remaining portion of the fiscal year.

Revised Federal Issue Briefs available

The 112th session of Congress will begin on Wednesday, January 5th.  The American Library Association (ALA) has revised the Issue Briefs that provide information on key federal issues that impact libraries.  (These are the same types of briefs that are used for National Library Legislative Day, an annual advocacy event.)  The topics covered are:

  • Access
  • Appropriations for Libraries
  • Broadband & Telecommunications
  • Copyright
  • Government Services & Information
  • How to Use the Washington Office Online
  • Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA)
  • School Libraries
  • Surveillance & Privacy

 

Benefit Sustainability Commission’s complete recommendations available

The complete recommendations of the Benefit Sustainability Commission have been posted on the General Assembly’s web site.  The recommendations are in the form of a letter to Governor O’Malley, Senate President Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael Busch.


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