The state of Ohio currently is facing a $3.2 billion budget shortfall. This is not due to policies, but from the recession and loss of jobs. Because of this our state's spending is being slashed and deep cuts are required.
One article in the Register indicated the proposed state library funding cuts of about 30 percent, and linked to the Ohio Library Council and their Save our Libraries campaign. This group is ignoring that nice $3.2 billion figure above, and the fact our state is broke.
Every Ohio government department is scaling back and tough choices are being made. The library is saying its programs are more important than others and the cuts should not affect them. I'm sorry, but I disagree wholeheartedly.
I love our library, and I support it with taxes. I also feel our government must act responsibly and in this time of recession to spend less.
Medicaid is losing $770 million. Should we add another $227 million in cuts to poor people's health care so the library can keep the same funding? My opinion is no.
I would prefer our libraries receive more funding. I'd also prefer we were not in a recession and that there were plentiful jobs and tax revenues.
The Ohio Library Council is a group of professionals looking to keep as much funding for their group as possible. Before anyone gets outraged at how "unfair" this group is being treated, think about the $700 million Medicaid is losing and the $3 billion budget shortfall the state is forced to address.