TLA Statement on President Trump's Proposal to Eliminate Federal Library Funding

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To fund increased military spending and tax cuts, President Trump’s America First: A Budget to Make America Great Again eliminates funding for libraries and museums, as well as arts, humanities and cultural programs. Collectively, these programs account for less than 0.5% of the national budget.

The Institute for Museum and Library Services’ (IMLS) grants and programs provide critical support to libraries and museums across the country. Texas libraries leverage every dollar of the federal funds they receive to offer innovative programs and services to millions of Texans every year. In fact, a recent Texas State Library and Archives Commission study found that for every $1 invested in Texas libraries, communities benefit from an impressive return on investment of $4.64.

Libraries are centers for technology, job counseling, retraining, entrepreneurship, education, teaching and learning, services to veterans, and so much more.

The Texas Library Association’s almost 7,000 members, and the thousands of library supporters throughout the state, will actively oppose this proposal which, if enacted, would have a significant, immediate, negative impact on millions of Texans. Libraries are so much more than book depositories, they are essential to what makes Texas, and America great.

Adopted by the Texas Library Association Executive Board

March 16, 2017


Created on Mar 17, 2017 | Last updated March 20, 2017