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The Friends of Kentucky Libraries is a nonprofit organization made up of individuals and local Friends chapters and local boards of trustees who support and celebrate Kentucky’s libraries.

We are…
– a network of library supporters from across the state sharing ideas and news
– a source of assistance for creating or revitalizing your local Friends of the Library Chapter
– a unified voice to advocate for your library and all Kentucky Libraries


Final Legislative Results:

April 23, 2018:

The 2018 Legislative session is finally over! In the final hectic days, the budget was approved which restored state aid for public libraries and full funding for public library construction grants. In addition, the legislature provided relief for libraries that participate in the county employees retirement system from a steep increase in the library’s pension costs, instead enabling a phase in of the new higher pension costs. A bill that would have charged libraries a high fee for using data from county PVAs to set tax rates died in committee as did a bill to change the method of appointment for library trustees.

This session could have been a disaster for libraries, but ended up very successful under the circumstances.

In his presentation of the final budget that was approved by the Legislature, Sen. Chris McDaniel specifically mentioned restoring state aid for libraries and that he had heard “a lot” about this need.

Obviously your calls were pivotal in making sure this funding was restored. Thank you so much for every call, e-mail, and contact with legislators. Our success proves that the calls matter. I think it is likely that we would not have been successful without the calls from Friends all over the state. We helped save libraries from being closed and many programs and services from being cancelled!

I hope we don’t have to call on you until at least next January for any more calls, but in May and again in November we will be electing all 100 House members and half of the Senate. As you are approached by candidates asking for your vote, please ask them about their support for libraries and make sure they understand you will be expecting their support in Frankfort. The best way we can advocate for libraries is to elect legislators who are supportive from the start!

Thanks again for all your wonderful support!

Wayne Onkst

 


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