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Libraries receive flat funding from state for FY 2012

The Maryland General Assembly approved no change to the per capita funding for libraries as part of the Budget Reconciliation and Finance Act (BRFA).  This translates into another year of flat funding for Public Libraries, Regional Libraries and the State Library Resource Center (SLRC).  Because the per capita funding is based on population and real property wealth, individual library systems may notice a slight change in their funding amount, but it will otherwise remain the same.

BRFA includes flat budget for libraries through 2016

The Budget Reconciliation and Financing Act (BRFA) includes any changes in the law requested by the Governor that would be necessary to implement proposed budget items.  These changes must be approved, rejected or amended by the General Assembly.

Since the Governor’s proposed budget for FY 2012 includes a change in the law regarding the scheduled per capita increase for libraries, this is included in the BRFA.  Pages 14 and 15 of the BRFA show the public libraries, State Library Resource Center (SLRC) and Regional libraries flat-lined through the year 2016, then receiving incremental increases until reaching $15 per capita in 2019.

Conference Committee finalizes Library funding; Collective Bargaining bill makes no progress

The Maryland General Assembly’s session is over.  The budget was finalized in Conference Committee.  Here are the preliminary results, along with an update on the Collective Bargaining bill.

  • Operating Budget – In Conference Committee, it was decided that both the regional and county/Baltimore City libraries will be frozen in FY 2011 (which starts this July) at the current levels of $6.75 per capita for the regional libraries and $14.00 per capita for county libraries.  They have stated that libraries will go up to the FY 2012 level as stated in the law ($7.50 per capital for the regional libraries and $15.00 per capita for the county libraries)  and will top out at that rate thereafter.  That means that the 4th year per capita increase as originally passed in 2005 will not happen.  The law for the State Library Resource Center (SLRC) currently states that they will remain cut at $1.67 per capita for FY 2011, but will go back to $1.85 per capita in FY 2012.
  • Capital Budget – The committee agreed to take the House version of the Capital Budget and remove the cap of $800,000 per library capital grant project.  This is a major victory.
  • Collective Bargaining Bill – This bill did not make it out of committee in either the Senate or the House.

Per Capita Funding to Public Libraries at Risk of Being Permanently Frozen

The per capita formula funding level is now at risk of being frozen at the FY 2010 levels for FY 2011 and beyond.
The Governor’s FY 2011 budget proposal includes another deferral of the scheduled increase in the per capita formula funding level for the public libraries and regional libraries and the State Library Resource Center (SLRC).  More alarming is that recently the Department of Legislative Services recommended that the per capita formula funding level be frozen at the FY 2010 level for FY 2011 and every year thereafter.
Take Action!
It is critical that we contact state legislators and urge them to stop the permanent freeze of the per capita formula funding for public libraries.  In particular, members of the Senate Budget & Taxation Committee and House Appropriations Committee, who are meeting soon, should be contacted.  For additional information and a simple means to contact legislators, go to Capwiz and click on the Action Alert entitled “Maryland: Per Capita Funding to Public Libraries at Risk of Being Permanently Frozen.”

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