in General, Libraries/Info Sci

One tenth of one percent…

Once again the governor of New York is ignoring public opinion.

Funding for libraries was cut by 5 million dollars last year. State library funding is now back at 1994 levels. Despite repeated votes by the legislature and a public letter writing campaign to restore the funding, Pataki still refuses. This time he’s left the cut in his proposed budget for next year.

Libraries provide amazingly valuable services. Yet the state can’t even find one tenth of one percent of the total budget to fund them.

Not that it matters too much I suppose, I mean the state budget hasn’t been passed on time in 20 years. Quite often it is many, many months late too. Grumble grumble.

How Pataki continues to get re-elected baffles me.