Who Should Pay for Presidential Posterity?
The NYTimes Looks At taxpayers' costs of maintaining presidential libraries.
A 1986 law, supported by Mr. Reagan, required the private foundations that built future libraries to set up endowments to defray the costs of upkeep.
But the law has done little to ease taxpayers' burden.
The reasons for the shortfalls are partly financial (interest rates are low), partly political (the law didn't require large enough endowments) and partly architectural (libraries are getting grander).