Saturday, June 9, 2007

Please contact your legislators!

forwarded from Kathy Glick-Weil, MLA President

I just received a message from the State House News Service that said that the FY08 state budget could be resolved by the Conference Committee and sent to the Governor for his signature at any moment. One last reminded to please contact your Representative and Senator and ask him/her to push for higher library funding in the budget. Three line items are up for increases, including State Aid to Libraries, State Aid to Regional Systems, and the Public Library Fund.
We need Senators and Reps to approach the Conference Committee members and push for these line items to retain the highest numbers. To send a message using Capwiz takes about 1 minute, so please go to the MLA Legislative Center on the web at http://capwiz.com/masslib
As important as you sending a message is for you to fill in the section that asks for other emails to send the message to so that those people can also use Capwiz to send messages to their legislators. These emails really make a difference so please take a few minutes to support library funding. We'll all benefit!
Thank you for providing this very important grassroots support for libraries!
Kathy Glick-Weil
Director, Newton Free Library
President, Massachusetts Library Association

2 comments:

Jaffe said...

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the zak said...

What's always been problematical about a please contact your legislators campaign is the need to offer, to provde names of legislators' assistants who are informed, knowledgeable about these issues. It's a good thing to get directly to the legislators' assistants who prepare issues for the legislators. For example, please let me know who in my legislators Toomey and Petruccelli offices, are the relatively more informed, the relatively more knowledgeable about these issues...

What's really needed is a listing of the relatively better legislators' assistants who are able to dialogue with interest and without diverting the for lack of knowledge about the issues.