State Funding News

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TLA is pleased to report that, late last week, members of the Budget Conference Committee voted to approve additional funding for State Library programs, including Shared Digital Content, e-archives, staff salary, and other items. At this point, we do not expect any changes to these recommendations.

What's next? Both the House and Senate must each give final approval of the Conference Committee recommendations. Once the Legislature passes the budget, then the Governor must sign the budget (or exercise his line item veto power). Upon approval by the Governor, the budget (and funding for all programs – including libraries!) becomes law. So, while we can’t quite yet open the bottle of champagne, we can take out the glasses!

Thanks to everyone for their hard work and support of library funding and programs at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. We also thank the legislators who supported our programs throughout the session. A full write-up will be available once the 84th Legislature concludes its regular session.

  • Brief overview of some State Library Funding Requests
  • Base budget (i.e., money for current program and services) – Fully Funded
  • Request for Shared Digital Content (i.e., additional funds for TexShare/TexQuest) - $6 million (of $6.9 m requested)
  • Request for new funds for e-archives program – $707k funded (out of $900K requested)
  • Request for library workforce training support ($500K) – not funded
  • Request for agency salary increases - $400k funded (of $900K requested)
  • Request for records management FTEs – not funded

We are very pleased that so many requests for additional funding were approved by the Conference Committee. This additional state funding will position the State Library and libraries throughout Texas to deepen their support of the educational and economic needs of the people of our state.

Created on May 26, 2015 | Last updated May 26, 2015

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