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Governor's comment on library funding

Posted By Christi Buker, Friday, September 28, 2018

Governor Wolf responded publicly to a question about library funding this week.  Here is the question, response, and link to the PCN video (start at 12 minutes, 45 seconds). 

Question asked to Governor Wolf on Tuesday, Sept. 25 at PA Press Club:
“Libraries have not had a funding increase since the Rendell administration.  Since your interest in education funding is so high, why have libraries been left behind?”

“We have limited resources, I’m trying to do the best I can to make the lives of Pennsylvanians better. Libraries actually have gotten funded as part of the historic increases to education funding that I have been able to get passed into legislation.”   (Start the video at 12 minutes 45 seconds.)


The response was disappointing.  So, this presents an opportunity for us to let the Governor know two very important things.

1.       Libraries make the lives of ALL Pennsylvanians better – EVERY day of the week!

2.       Funding – Libraries have not shared in the Governor’s increases to education funding.  With more than 30% of all library funding being cut after 2008, libraries still have not recovered!  Lack of budget cuts doesn’t equal stable funding, nor cover ever-increasing expenses and inflation.    Staffing, hours, routine operations have all been negatively impacted by the lack of funding.  We want the Governor to commit to increasing funding for libraries. 

YOU need to share your comments with the Governor.  Please tell YOUR library story to the Governor – how you make lives better, how the lack of funding has impacted your library, and ask the Governor to improve library operational funding!


If you would, please let me know once you have submitted, and if possible, share any comments/stories that you submit.


Christi Buker | Executive Director
Pennsylvania Library Association | 220 Cumberland Parkway, Suite 10 | Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
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