Magazine article American Libraries

Bush's 1992 Budget Slashes Libraries 75.5%

Magazine article American Libraries

Bush's 1992 Budget Slashes Libraries 75.5%

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Bush's 1992 budget slashes libraries 75.5% For the second straight year, President Bush has proposed a federal budget that slashes funding for libraries. The fiscal year 1992 budget, submitted to Congress Feb. 4, proposes only $35 million for Department of Education library programs, a 75.5% cut from the $143 million appropriated last year.

The entire $35 million requested by Bush would go to LSCA Title I, and could be used for only one purpose--adult literacy activities. This would require a legislative change in the basic LSCA statue, which ALA's Washington Office says the administration will apparently submit to Congress later. Additionally, the $35 million would be part of a $20 billion list of programs the administration wants to be turned over to the states. The programs would then be replaced with a single consolidated block grant to the states. The total funding for the programs would be significantly reduced, and the Washington Office feels that the library program is unlikely to emerge as a high priority for funding from that block grant. …

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