Thursday, February 3, 2011

Support Iowa's Libraries!

.016% -- that is one sixteen hundredth of one percent! and is what the State of Iowa provided in direct state aid funding last year to its public libraries. The Governor proposes that this be cut by 25% to $557,765 to be shared among 471 libraries (with the potential for 72 additional libraries to be added).

Each year every library that has received funding from the State has submitted a report describing how that money was spent. Does any other group of organizations hold themselves so accountable. A read of this year’s report clearly tells a story of what will be lost with such a cut to funding.
Much more than the savings of less than $400,000. Talk about bang for the buck!

Please, contact the Governor and your state legislators and request full funding for “Enrich Iowa.” Contact information for your elected officials can be found below.

~ Susan, Library Director

Terry Branstad
Governor's Office, State Capitol
Des Moines, IA 50319
(515) 281-5211

Mail may be sent to any legislator at:

The Honorable (name here)
Iowa Senate/Iowa House of Representatives
Des Moines, IA 50319

If you're unsure who your legislators are, please call the reference desk or use Find Your Legislator.

Additional contact information:

State Senators
Tod Bowman - District 13
812 Grant Street
Maquoketa, IA 52060
(563) 652-5499

Pam Jochum - District 14
2368 Jackson
Dubuque, IA 52001
(563) 556-6530

Tom Hancock - District 16
310 East Main Street
Epworth, IA 52045
(563) 876-3219

State Representatives
Brian Moore - District 25
18314 267th Street
Zwingle, IA 52079
(563) 528-0837

Chuck Isenhart - District 27
P.O. Box 3353
Dubuque, IA 52004-3353
(563) 557-1261

Pat Murphy - District 28
155 North Grandview Avenue
Dubuque, IA 52001
(563) 582-5922

Lee Hein - District 31
11989 Richland Road
Monticello, IA 52310
(563) 465-5805

Steve Lukan - District 32
7365 Columbus
New Vienna, IA 52065
(563) 921-3725

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