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Friday, June 27, 2014

Help Plainfield Public Library get more state aid

NJ public libraries like Plainfield's receive per capita aid each year.

New Jersey's public libraries -- including Plainfield's -- receive annual support from the state of New Jersey (per capita aid). In recent years, this amount has flatlined, but this year's budget proposal by the Legislature includes a $3 million total increase in the amount for distribution.

The Legislature's budget, passed Thursday, is now headed to Gov. Christie's desk, where the governor is expected to use his line item veto powers to amend it.

The governor can leave the increased library aid in the budget or stirke it.

You can help ensure libraries get this much-needed additional support by emailng the governor through the NJ Library Association's online advocacy link here.

The link takes you to a pre-written appeal to the governor. You may use the letter as it is, or edit (or rewrite it entirely) to suit your points.

Your immediate action is urgently needed as the governor must take action by midnight June 30 to avoid a government shutdown.

Please take a moment now to offer your support for all the state's public libraries.

And thanks!

  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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