Texline 290: CALL TO ACTION: Budget Recommendations Imminent!

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TEXLINE 290
Posted: February 26, 2013


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  1. ACT NOW: Budget Committees Settling on Budget Recommenations
  2. Members of Key Committees: Contact Information

I. ACT NOW: Budget Committees Settling on Budget Recommendations for Library Programs

State budget writers in both the House and the Senate are now completing funding recommendations that will be presented to each chamber of the State Legislature. The full House Appropriations Committee is scheduled to hear budget recommendations on Thursday, February 28, from its subgroup dealing with agencies of general government, including the State Library. Similarly, the full Senate Finance Committee will likely consider recommendations from its comparable workgroup this week.

In the House, the budget subcommittee dealing with the State Library’s budget will likely recommend partial funding for the Shared Digital Content item at $6.25 million over the biennium. The subcommittee has not approved the request for adding e-content resources by $3 million/biennium. Keep in mind that the total request of $9.25 million for this item still only represents a portion of what was cut last session. We need the full House Appropriations to approve the FULL funding requests for libraries. See the Two Library Programs below.

In the Senate, the budget subcommittee appears to be verge of recommending about $7.5 million (out of $9.25 million requested) for TexShare/K-12 shared digital content as well as funding for archival positions. We need the  Senate Finance Committee to approve the full $9.25 million request for shared digital content and $3.4 million request for Partnership for Innovation Grants. See the Two Library Programs below.

It is CRITICAL that these budget writers hear from library supporters today. Library supporters are urged to contact their state senator and representative, especially if they serve on either the House Appropriations or Senate Finance Committees. See the roster below.

Please ask your legislators to support libraries by voting to fund fully the State Library’s Exceptional Items Requests for libraries. If your legislators do not serve on these committees, ask them to speak to their colleagues who do!

What you are asking for…

In short, you are saying: “I am contacting Rep. X (or Sen. X) to ask him/her to support libraries. We need the Legislature to fund fully the State Library and Archives Commission’s exceptional items requests for library programs. They include the exceptional items called Shared Digital Content for $9.25 million and the Innovation Partnership Grants for $3.4 million. Combined, these items come to less than half of what was cut from library services last year.  But if funded, libraries will be able to continue state programming in 2014-15 and be in a position to continue to receive the state’s allocation of federal funds.”

Additional Information on the Two Library Programs

  1. Shared Digital Content – $9.25 million over the biennium for digital (electronic) materials for all types of libraries. Resources include curriculum materials, college preparation, research, job searching, career and test preparation, and other assistance in helping people reach their economic goals.
  2. Innovation Partnership Grants – $3.4 million/ biennium for training and programming built on local partnerships and innovative practices to advance educational attainment, workforce development, and written and digital literacy.

Why we need this funding:

  • Texas libraries are struggling since the loss of statewide funding last session.
  • The partial restoration of state funds will help deploy the workforce and educational resources Texans have come to rely upon.
  • Without a reinstatement of state funds, the State Library may be unable to make a successful case to the federal government for a continuation of crucially needed federal dollars for Texas libraries.  Because of the state cuts last session, Texas may lose up to another $9 million in federal funds in 2015! We need these funds to support TexShare, library programming, and interlibrary loan.

 Here’s what you do to contact your legislators’ offices.

  1. First, if you don’t know who represents you or how to contact their offices, go to: http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/Home.aspx.
  2. Second, download TLA’s one pager - http://www.txla.org/sites/tla/files/Advocate/2013%20Overview.pdf - on TLA’s issues.
  3. Make contact with their offices! If you call, you can ask to speak with the staffer in charge of the budget process or library funding.

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II. MEMBERS OF KEY COMMITTEES: CONTACT INFORMATION

Senate Finance Committee

Sen. Tommy Williams (R-The Woodlands), Chair

P.O. Box 12068

Austin, TX 78711-2068

Phone: (512) 463-0104

Fax: (512) 463-6373

Email: tommy.williams@senate.state.tx.us

Website contact form: http://www.williams.senate.state.tx.us/#Office

 

Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa (D-McAllen), Vice Chair

P.O. Box 12068

Austin, TX 78711-2068

Phone: (512) 463-0120

Fax: (512) 463-0229

Email: juan.hinojosa@senate.state.tx.us

Website contact form: http://www.hinojosa.senate.state.tx.us/#form

 

Sen. Bob Deuell (R-Greenville)

P.O. Box 12068

Austin, TX 78711-2068

Phone: (512) 463-0102

Fax: (512) 463-7202

Email: bob.deuell@senate.state.tx.us

Website contact form: http://www.deuell.senate.state.tx.us/#form

 

Sen. Kevin Eltife (R-Tyler)

P.O. Box 12068

Austin, TX 78711-2068

Phone: (512) 463-0101

Fax: (512) 475-3751

Email: kevin.eltife@senate.state.tx.us

Website contact form: http://www.eltife.senate.state.tx.us/#form

 

Sen. Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound)

P.O. Box 12068

Austin, TX 78711-2068

Phone: (512) 463-0112

Fax: (512) 463-0923

Email: jane.nelson@senate.state.tx.us

Website contact form: http://www.nelson.senate.state.tx.us/#form

 

Sen. Royce West (D-Dallas)

P.O. Box 12068

Austin, TX 78711-2068

Phone: (512) 463-0123

Fax: (512) 463-0299

Email: Royce.west@senate.state.tx.us

Website contact form: http://www.west.senate.state.tx.us/#form

 

 

Sen. Robert Duncan (R-Lubbock)

P.O. Box 12068

Austin, TX 78711-2068

Phone: (512) 463-0128

Fax: (512) 463-2424

Email: robert.duncan@senate.state.tx.us

Website contact form: http://www.duncan.senate.state.tx.us/#Form


Sen. Craig Estes (R-Wichita Falls)

P.O. Box 12068

Austin, TX 78711-2068

Phone: (512) 463-0130

Fax: (512) 463-8874

Email: craig.estes@senate.state.tx.us

Website contact form: http://www.estes.senate.state.tx.us/#form

 

Sen. Glenn Hegar (R-Katy)

P.O. Box 12068

Austin, TX 78711-2068

Phone: (512) 463-0118

Fax: (512) 475-3736

Email: glenn.hegar@senate.state.tx.us

Website contact form: http://www.hegar.senate.state.tx.us/#form

 

Sen. Joan Huffman (R-Houston)

P.O. Box 12068

Austin, TX 78711-2068

Phone: (512) 463-0117

Fax: (512) 463-0639

Email: joan.huffman@senate.state.tx.us

Website contact form: http://www.huffman.senate.state.tx.us/#form

 

Sen. Eddie Lucio (D-Brownsville)

P.O. Box 12068

Austin, TX 78711-2068

Phone: (512) 463-0127

Fax: (512) 463-0061

Email: eddie.lucio@senate.state.tx.us

Website contact form: http://www.lucio.senate.state.tx.us/#form

 

Sen. Dan Patrick (R-Houston)

P.O. Box 12068

Austin, TX 78711-2068

Phone: (512) 463-0107

Fax: (512) 463-8810

Email: dan.patrick@senate.state.tx.us

Website contact form: http://www.patrick.senate.state.tx.us/#Form

 

Sen. Kel Seliger (R-Amarillo)

P.O. Box 12068

Austin, TX 78711-2068

Phone: (512) 463-0131

Fax: (512) 475-3733

Email: kel.seliger@senate.state.tx.us

Website contact form: http://www.seliger.senate.state.tx.us/emailextform.htm

 

Sen. John Whitmire (D-Houston)

P.O. Box 12068

Austin, TX 78711-2068

Phone: (512) 463-0115

Fax: (512) 475-3737

Email: john.whitmire@senate.state.tx.us

Website contact form: http://www.senate.state.tx.us/75r/senate/members/dist15/dist15.htm#form

 

Sen. Judith Zaffirini (D-Laredo)

P.O. Box 12068

Austin, TX 78711-2068

Phone: (512) 463-0121

Fax: (512) 475-3738

Email: Judith.zaffirini@senate.state.tx.us

Website contact form: http://www.zaffirini.senate.state.tx.us/#form

 

House Appropriations

Rep. Jim Pitts (R-Waxahachie), Chairman

TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

P.O. Box 2910

Austin, TX 78768-2910

Web Contact Form: http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/email/?district=10&session=83

Email: jim.pitts@house.state.tx.us 

Phone: (512) 463-0516

Fax: (512) 463-1051

 

Rep. Sylvester Turner (Houston), Vice Chairman of H. Appropriations; Chair of Article I Subcommittee

TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

P.O. Box 2910

Austin, TX 78768-2910

Web Contact Form: http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/email/?district=139&session=83

Email: Sylvester.turner@house.state.tx.us

Phone: (512) 463-0554 

Fax: (512) 463-8380

 

Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon (San Antonio), Vice Chair of Subcommittee

TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

P.O. Box 2910

Austin, TX 78768-2910

Web Contact Form: http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/email/?district=120&session=83

Phone: (512) 463-0708

Fax: (512) 463-7071

 

Rep. Larry Gonzales (Round Rock)

TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

P.O. Box 2910

Austin, TX 78768-2910

Web Contact Form: http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/email/?district=52&session=83

Email: larry.gonzales@house.state.tx.us

Phone: (512) 463-0670

Fax: (512) 463-1469

 

Rep. Susan King (Abilene)

TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

P.O. Box 2910

Austin, TX 78768-2910

Web Contact Form: http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/email/?district=71&session=83

Email: susan.king@house.state.tx.us

Phone: (512) 463-0718

Fax: (512) 463-0994

 

Rep. Oscar Longoria (Mission)

TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

P.O. Box 2910

Austin, TX 78768-2910

Web Contact Form: http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/email/?district=35&session=83

Email: Oscar.longoria@house.state.tx.us

Phone: (512) 463-0645

Fax: (512) 463-0559

 

Rep. Rob Orr (Burleson)

TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

P.O. Box 2910

Austin, TX 78768-2910

Web Contact Form: http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/email/?district=58&session=83

Email: rob.orr@house.state.tx.us

Phone: (512) 463-0538

Fax: (512) 463-0897

 

Rep. Charles Perry (Lubbock)

TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

P.O. Box 2910

Austin, TX 78768-2910

Web Contact Form: http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/email/?district=83&session=83

Email: charles.perry@house.state.tx.us

Phone: (512) 463-0542

Fax: (512) 463-0671

 

Rep. Trent Ashby

TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

P.O. Box 2910

Austin, TX 78768-2910

Web Contact Form: http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/email/?district=57&session=83

Email: trent.ashby@house.state.tx.us

Phone: (512) 463-0508

Fax: (512) 463-5896

 

Rep. Cecil Bell

TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

P.O. Box 2910

Austin, TX 78768-2910

Web Contact Form: http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/email/?district=3&session=83

Email: cecil.bell@house.state.tx.us

Phone: (512) 463-0650

Fax: (512) 463-0575

 

Rep. Greg Bonnen

TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

P.O. Box 2910

Austin, TX 78768-2910

Web Contact Form: http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/email/?district=24&session=83

Email: greg.bonnen@house.state.tx.us

Phone: (512) 463-0729

 

Rep. Stefani Carter

TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

P.O. Box 2910

Austin, TX 78768-2910

Web Contact Form: http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/email/?district=102&session=83

Email: Stefani.carter@house.state.tx.us

Phone: (512) 463-0454

Fax: (512) 463-1121

 

Rep. Myra Crownover

TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

P.O. Box 2910

Austin, TX 78768-2910

Web Contact Form: http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/email/?district=64&session=83

Email: myra.crownover@house.state.tx.us

Phone: Phone: (512) 463-0582

Fax: (512) 463-0471

 

Rep. Drew Darby

TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

P.O. Box 2910

Austin, TX 78768-2910

Web Contact Form: http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/email/?district=72&session=83

Email: drew.darby@house.state.tx.us

Phone: (512) 463-0331

Fax: (512) 499-3978

 

Rep. Sarah Davis

TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

P.O. Box 2910

Austin, TX 78768-2910

Web Contact Form: http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/email/?district=134&session=83

Email: sarah.davis@house.state.tx.us

Phone: (512) 463-0389

Fax: (512) 463-1374

 

Rep. Dawnna Dukes

TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

P.O. Box 2910

Austin, TX 78768-2910

Web Contact Form: http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/?district=46

Email: dawnna.dukes@house.state.tx.us

Phone: (512) 463-0506

Fax: (512) 463-7864

 

Rep. Helen Giddings

TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

P.O. Box 2910

Austin, TX 78768-2910

Web Contact Form: http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/email/?district=109&session=83

Email: Helen.giddings@house.state.tx.us

Phone: (512) 463-0953

Fax: (512) 463-5887

 

Rep. Donna Howard

TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

P.O. Box 2910

Austin, TX 78768-2910

Web Contact Form: http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/email/?district=48&session=83

Email: donna.howard@house.state.tx.us

Phone: (512) 463-0631

Fax: (512) 463-0901

 

Rep. Bryan Hughes

TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

P.O. Box 2910

Austin, TX 78768-2910

Web Contact Form: http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/email/?district=5&session=83

Email: bryan.hughes@house.state.tx.us

Phone: (512) 463-0271

Fax: (512) 463-1515

 

Rep. Marisa Márquez

TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

P.O. Box 2910

Austin, TX 78768-2910

Web Contact Form: http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/email/?district=77&session=83

Email: marisa.marquez@house.state.tx.us

Phone: (512) 463-0638

Fax: (512) 463-8908

 

Rep. Sergio Muñoz, Jr.

TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

P.O. Box 2910

Austin, TX 78768-2910

Web Contact Form: http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/email/?district=36&session=83

Email: Sergio.munoz_jr@house.state.tx.us

Phone: (512) 463-0704

Fax: (512) 463-5364

Rep. John Otto

TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

P.O. Box 2910

Austin, TX 78768-2910

Web Contact Form: http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/email/?district=18&session=83

Email: john.otto@house.state.tx.us

Phone: (512) 463-0570

Fax: (512) 463-0315

 

Rep. Diane Patrick

TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

P.O. Box 2910

Austin, TX 78768-2910

Web Contact Form: http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/email/?district=94&session=83

Email: diane.patrick@house.state.tx.us

Phone: (512) 463-0624

Fax: (512) 463-8386

Rep. Walter "Four" Price

TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

P.O. Box 2910

Austin, TX 78768-2910

Web Contact Form: http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/email/?district=87&session=83

Email: @house.state.tx.us

Phone: (512) 463-0470

 

Rep. John Raney

TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

P.O. Box 2910

Austin, TX 78768-2910

Web Contact Form: http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/email/?district=14&session=83

Email: john.raney@house.state.tx.us

Phone: (512) 463-0698

Fax: (512) 463-5109

Rep. Bennett Ratliff

TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

P.O. Box 2910

Austin, TX 78768-2910

Web Contact Form: http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/email/?district=115&session=83

Email: Bennett.ratliff@house.state.tx.us

Phone: (512) 463-0468

Fax: (512) 463-1044

 

Rep. John Zerwas (R-Simonton)

TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

P.O. Box 2910

Austin, TX 78768-2910

Web Contact Form: http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/email/?district=28&session=83

Email:  john.zerwas@house.state.tx.us

Phone: (512) 463-0657
Fax: (512) 236-0713

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