Sunday, December 12, 2010

Buffalo/Erie County: Additional Funding for Library but Not for Arts Groups

Link to December 12 Buffalo News article, "Library system, not culturals, to get more funds. Legislature Republicans will support Collins' veto of added arts spending."

Excerpt: County Legislature Republicans say they have struck a deal with Chris Collins to restore $3 million to the library system next year -- rather than the $4 million he's poised to veto.

In return, the Republicans will back up the county executive after he whips his veto pen across the extra spending that the Legislature -- including its Republicans -- tried to deliver to dozens of arts organizations, such the Irish Classical Theatre, Shakespeare in Delaware Park, the African American Cultural Center and MusicalFare Theatre.

In short, the Republicans will not vote with Democrats to override those vetoes, or any veto for that matter. So if the deal remains intact at 2 p.m. Tuesday, the cultural agencies will be frozen out of county support for next year and for the foreseeable future, just as Collins left them when he proposed his 2011 budget in October

Related articles:
Legislators restore County Executive's $4,000,000 cut to library - for now.  (12/2/2010)
"No more worthwhile program of service".  (11/14/2010
A bibliopocalypse @ the library.  (11/6/2010)
WBEN online poll offers 3 general options for public library future. (10/31/2010)
Reimagining the library.  (10/27/2010)
Budget cuts = reduced hours.  (10/21/2010)
Deep cuts (again) in the works.  (9/17/2010)
Editorial puts in 'a word about libraries'.  (8/30/2010)
Library could lose 25% of funding.  (8/19/2009)

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