are now in the last phase of budget negotiations. Library supporters are
urged to contact legislators to gather support for funding for library
programs. It is now or never for library resource sharing (K-12 databases
and TexShare) funding.
to ask for?
asking for the SB 1 Conference Committee to:
library resource sharing in the State Libraryís budget (Article I). Both the
House and Senate designated funding for library resource sharing (which
includes TexShare and the K-12 databases) in Article XI. Without an increase
of at least $2.5 mil, K-12 kids, college students, and the public will lose
some access to existing resources! Without an increase to match program cost
increases over the next two years, our public will face cuts in services!
- take the
House recommendations for the Texas State Library and Archives Commissionís
budget (in Article I) for Direct Aid: Loan Star Libraries ($4.7 mil) and
Regional Systems ($2 mil).
other House and Senate recommendations for other exceptional items for the
State Library, including the Talking Book Program, salary equity, and the
expansion of the state archives.
case for library programs. Explain, in your own words, why these library
programs are needed and what benefit they have for constituents back home.
- Your own
representative and senator. To find who represents you and for contact
information, go to:
Governor David Dewhurst: http://www.ltgov.state.tx.us/contact.php (fill in
the contact form)
- If you
personally know one of the conference committee members below, please
Conference Committee members
information, House (http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/Members/Members.aspx?Chamber=H)
and Senate (http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/Members/Members.aspx?Chamber=S)
Steve Ogden (co-chair)
Sen. Chuy Hinojosa
Sen. Florence Shapiro
Sen. Royce West
Sen. Tommy Williams
Rep. Jim Pitts (co-chair)
Rep. Ruth McClendon
Rep. John Otto
Rep. Richard Raymond
Rep. John Zerwas