Magazine article American Libraries

Ohio House Approves Taft's Library Budget Cuts

Magazine article American Libraries

Ohio House Approves Taft's Library Budget Cuts

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The Ohio House of Representatives has approved Governor Bob Taft's proposed $51.3-billion state budget for 2006-2007 that reduces local government funding to libraries by 5% beginning January 1. The April 12 vote was 53-46, largely following party lines, according to the April 13 Columbus Dispatch. Outside the state house, some 2,000 protesters opposed the Republican plan, which also eliminates disability medical assistance, increases sales taxes, and reduces personal income tax by 21%.

The budget includes an option, drafted by Rep. Bill Seitz (R-Green Township), that gives public libraries the choice of charging fees for lending videos as a way to compete with Blockbuster. The idea was criticized by House Democrats and met with a cool reception among some library administrators.

"I'm sure libraries would much prefer no cut in local government funds," Seitz said in the April 8 Cincinnati Enquirer, "but short of giving them what they want, I'm trying to give them something else they are free to use or not use as they see fit. …

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