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.
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Tags: Benefits, Budget, Funding, FY 2012, Governor, O'Malley, Pension, Public Libraries, Regional Libraries, SLRC, State Library Resource Center, State Teachers Pension, Teachers Pension
On Friday, January 21st, Governor O’Malley released the Maryland state budget proposal. Two areas are of most interest to libraries:
It appears that public libraries, the State Library Resource Center (SLRC) and the Regional libraries have all been flat funded, with only the formula causing a small change.
The Governor is proposing retaining the existing defined benefits system. However, the proposal includes a one-time choice for current employees to a) continue to contribute 5% with a 1.5% benefit multiplier (reduced from 1.8%) or b) increase their contribution to 7% and continue to earn benefits with a 1.8% multiplier. New employees will automatically contribute 7% and receive a 1.5% benefit multiplier. More information about the pension system and other benefits is available on the Governor’s web site.
To view the proposed budget, Powerpoint presentations, budget highlights, video of the announcement and more, visit the budget announcement on the Governor’s web site. The budget proposal has now been turned over to the General Assembly.
Tags: Broadband, E-rate, FCC, Federal Communications Commission, Fiber, Internet, National Broadband Plan, Public Libraries, School, School Libraries, School Spots
Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved changes to the E-rate program. The changes will provide fast and affordable Internet access to schools and libraries, as well as simplify the application process. Recommendations from the National Broadband Plan are also included in the changes. For more information, please see the FCC press release.
Tags: Budget, Funding, Per Capita, Public Libraries
Tags: Budget, County Libraries, FY 2011, Pension, Public Libraries, Regional Libraries, SLRC, State Library Resource Center, State Teachers Pension, Teachers Pension
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 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.