Library Legacy Request

MN Library Legacy Logo SmallLibraries showcase authors and jugglers, dancers and artists.

A request of $4,250,000 per year from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund will enable libraries continue offering these unique local opportunities.

Link to the request

Library Legacy funds help create strong communities and raise awareness of Minnesota’s local and statewide arts, history, literary talent, and cultural heritage.

Library Legislative Day on March 3

Minnesota Capitol in winterRegions around the state are organizing delegations of librarians, library staff,  trustees and library Friends to visit their legislators on March 3 for the annual Minnesota Library Legislative Day. This is a chance to tell legislators about the importance of libraries and explain the important issues libraries face.

Despite construction within the Capital, teams of academic, school, public, and special library representatives will talk about how libraries are important to all Minnesotans and how libraries work together to enhance access to information and resources for personal, professional, and lifelong learning purposes.

Review the MLA/ITEM Legislative Platform

Register for Minnesota Library Legislative Day

Legislative Update

The following information was shared via email this morning by Elaine Keefe, the MLA Lobbyist, regarding Minnesota’s budget forecast.

A brief version of the state economic forecast was released online by Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB) a few minutes ago.  A surplus of $1.037 billion is projected for the next biennium (FY 2016-17).  Click here for news brief PDF.

The current biennium is now forecasted to end on June 30, 2015 with a surplus of $556 million.  Under a new state law that I referenced at yesterday’s MLA Legislative committee meeting, one-third of any surplus remaining at the end of the biennium will be deposited in the state’s budget reserve.  The rest rolls forward into the next biennium, contributing to the total projected surplus of $1.037 billion.

A more detailed forecast will be released on the MMB website at 11am.

MMB officials, Governor Dayton and legislative leaders will each hold press conferences later today.  Early comments made to the media indicate that legislators have little appetite for new spending.  Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk pointed out that it will cost more the $1 billion to adjust existing spending to cover inflation, raising the possibility that some programs may face budget cuts.  I will send a followup report if anything notable is said in any of the scheduled press conferences today.