November 17, 2017

Detroit PL Funds Cut Some More

By LJ Staff

The Detroit Public Library, which saw its proposed state funds seesaw from
$2.6 million to $100,000 to $1.7 million, has
now had its funds cut in conference committee to about $1 million. Gov. Jennifer
Granholm is expected to sign the spending bill. According to the Michigan
Library Association, while state aid to libraries has increased 5%
over the 2002-2003 levels, that increase came at the expense of the
Detroit PL and Grand Rapids PL equity grants, which have been eliminated.
Instead, those two libraries will receive funding from the Federal Reed Act
grants, which are supposed to go to state unemployment trust funds. This is the
first time since 1976 that the Detroit PL has not received state-funded
aid.

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