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Advocating for library issues federal level.

Federal Funding

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) received $242 million, a $2 million increase, in the FY 2019 budget passed by Congress and signed by President Trump in September. The increases are for research, evaluation, and data collection, as well as administration. IMLS’s Grants to States program, funded through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), as well as its other museum and library programs, received level funding form FY 2018 ($160,803,000 for grants to state).

Texas received $11.4 million from the Grants to States program in FY2018.

IMLS Reauthorization

Bills to reauthorize the Museum and Library Services Act (H.R. 6988, S 3530 ) have been introduced in the U.S. House and Senate. The 2018 MLSA reauthorizes the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), showing congressional support for the federal agency.

 

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