Magazine article American Libraries

Reagan Zeroes NCLIS and Free Mail to Blind

Magazine article American Libraries

Reagan Zeroes NCLIS and Free Mail to Blind

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As expected, the Reagan Administration budget for FY 1986 submitted to Congress Feb.4 requested -0- for the Library Services and Construction Act, even though Reagan had approved the five-year extension of LSCA just before the November elections and also signed the Congressional bill appropriating $118 million for LSCA for FY 1985.

Once again, also for the fourth year, the Reagan budget zeroed the Higher Education Act Title II, for which Congress appropriated $7 million for FY 1985.

Education Department briefing papers provided no new rationale, merely repeating arguments that the proposals were based on the past success of LSCA and the interlibrary cooperation programs and the administration desire to give full responsibility to state and local governments.

For the first time, the Reagan budget added the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science to the zero request list. In last year's budget, Reagan had requested $690.000 for NCLIS and later signed the Congressional appropriation of $720,000.

Other notable library-related zeros in the Reagan budget included the $801-million postal revenue foregone subsidies that, among other things, provide free mailing to the visually handicapped; the $4.5-billion revenue-sharing program; and the $100-million science and math education funds.

NEH grants cut

The National Endowment for the Humanities funds, according to the Reagan budget, would be cut from the current $139. …

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