State funding for the 67-county public library system has gradually fallen over the years. In the 2000-2001 budget, the state gave $33.4 million. Last year, the Legislature also threatened to eliminate money for libraries but came up with funding in the final budget negotiations between the House and Senate.
Legislative leaders expect to begin the process of aligning the House and Senate budgets this week, which will include the library funding issue.
Published April 12, 2011 Sun-Sentinel