Governor Cuomo, despite having an extra $5.5B in revenue this year is proposing up to a 4.8% increase in state education funding, while proposing flat funding for our community libraries. This comes a year after the Governor proposed a 4.7% cut in local library aid, in contrast to a 3.8% increase in education funding. Last year's enacted state budget included a 5.7% increase in education funding, but a mere 1.2% increase in local library aid. New York State Education Law requires library aid for FY 2015-2016 to be $102.6M. This figure is based on the most recent census data. The Governor's flat funding proposal puts state library aid at $86.6M, equivalent to 1997 funding and $16M short of where it should be. Please use the following link to voice your support for fully funding NYS Library Aid in the FY 2015-2016 budget.