The New York State Senate’s budget plan, approved by that body Friday, includes $8 million more aid for libraries.
If enacted in the final budget, it will be the fourth year in a row that library aid was increased, according to Sen. Patty Ritchie (R-Heuvelton) who is backing the provision.
Ritchie says the Assembly plan would cut aid to libraries by $2 million.
“The demand for library services continues to grow, from school children and families, researchers and job seekers utilizing the free Internet access many libraries provide," said Ritchie, a member of the Senate’s Select Committee on Libraries.
The Senate and Assembly plans, along with the governor's, form the basis of negotiations on a final budget plan.