Senate Finance Committee Hearing on the Texas State Library & Archives budget request
On Monday, February 6 the Senate Finance Committee will consider agency budgets in SB 1, the appropriations bill, that are under Article I – General Government, which includes the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC). TLA will have school, public and academic librarians on hand who will testify to TSLAC’s importance to the library community, the need for adequate funding, and why increasing funding for e-resources and broadband access are so critical.
Please contact your Senator, especially if he/she is a member of the Finance Committee, and ask them to support education, workforce development and Texas’ knowledge-based economy by supporting the full budget and exceptional items requested by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Find out who represents you, and contact them via mail, email or phone (preferred). Whatever method of communication you choose, please identify yourself as a constitutent and share your story on how funding for TexShare, TexQuest and other state programs for libraries help your community, library, students, etc.
Message - Senate Bill 1, General Appropriations
Please support education, workforce development and our knowledge-based economy by supporting the full budget and exceptional items requested by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Key items for libraries include increasing access to affordable e-resources to address the growing need for STEM online resources to support high school and post-secondary education, and public demand; and bringing affordable high-speed Internet service to more Texas communities via public libraries participation in the federal E-Rate program. These two requests will benefit countless Texans.