CA State budget bad news for public libraries

The California 2007-08 state budget is bad news for public libraries. Two major library programs suffered significant cuts, apparently in an effort to accomplish a budget with zero deficit. In Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s words: “I am deleting the discretionary $1 million legislative augmentation to the Public Library Foundation. … In addition, I am deleting $7 million in order to further build a prudent reserve in light of the various uncertainties in revenues and spending that we face this year.”