Louisiana lawmakers don’t like books much
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal signed a $25 billion budget which prioritizes education, but eliminates state funding for libraries.
Citing budget concerns, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has signed a $25-billion budget that eliminates almost $900,000 in state funding for its libraries. In a statement, the governor’s chief budget aide, Paul Rainwater, said, “In tight budget times, we prioritized funding for healthcare and education. Operations such as local libraries can be supported with local, not state dollars.”
Library Journal took a look at that assertion. What they found was that while some local parishes may be able to cover the funding gap, others will feel the loss. Rural parishes will face a particularly daunting challenge.
Prioritizing education without aiding libraries seems a little backwards to me, but who am I to judge? Thankfully Louisiana’s education system appears to be in very fine hands.