Urgent: The Braille and Talking Book Library Needs Your Help

The Braille and Talking Book Library, in Sacramento, desperately needs your help. Funding was removed from the current Budget Act that was not used for library services, but which served to meet matching fund requirements necessary to obtain the federal funding that enables the Braille and Talking Book Library to operate. Loss of these state funds means that federal funds can also be lost.

Please urge the Budget Subcommittees to amend this upcoming budget to include that matching fund money so that the library will not be threatened with dramatic service cuts. The Senate Budget Subcommittee Number 1 on Education Finance will hold a hearing covering library services on Thursday, May 3 at 9:30 a.m. or upon adjournment of the Senate, in Room 3191 of the State Capitol. A similar hearing will be held by the Assembly Subcommittee on Budget Education Finance on Wednesday, May 9 at 4:00 p.m. in Room 126 of the State Capitol.

Come to these hearings and make your feelings known. If you can’t, please contact the members of these subcommittees. The rosters are shown below.

Senate subcommittee:

Senator Carol Liu, Chair
Phone: 916-6514021
Email: carol.liu@sen.ca.gov

Senator Ted Gaines
Phone: 916-6514001
Email: ted.gaines@sen.ca.gov

Senator Rod Wright
Phone: 916-6514025
Email: roderick.wright@sen.ca.gov

Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance:

Susan Bonilla, Chair
Phone: 916-3192011
Email: susan.bonilla@asm.ca.gov

Assemblyman Bill Berryhill
Phone: 916-3192026
Email: bill.berryhill@asm.ca.gov

Assemblywoman Julia Brownley
Phone: 916-3192041
Email: Julia.brownley@asm.ca.gov

Assemblyman Brian Nestande
Phone: 916-3192064
Email: brian.nestande@asm.ca.gov

Assemblyman Sandre Swanson
Phone: 916-3192016
Email: sander.swanson@asm.ca.gov