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February 17, 2010

BOSTON CONSIDERS CLOSING NEIGHBORHOOD LIBRARIES TO SAVE MONEY

BOSTON GLOBE - Steep cuts in state funding for the Boston Public Library are forcing officials to contemplate the most drastic cost-saving measures in decades, including the possible closing of neighborhood branches.   The library board of trustees has called a special meeting at 8:30 a.m. today to discuss what city officials say is a potential $3.6 million budget shortfall, which stems in large part from a proposed 73 percent cut in state funding. State assistance for Boston’s libraries has dropped from $8.9 million in 2009 to a proposed $2.4 million in 2011. 


2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Next, they could close schools. Save a lot of teachers' salaries, and if people can't read, you won't need libraries.

February 17, 2010 5:46 PM  
Anonymous wellbasically said...

Boston is unfortunately a basket case. Last year's stimulus funding allowed the mayor to paper over the fact that the city does not add up. We have become a factory that produces something called "the college experience" for a group of people who, to be kind, don't know how to take care of themselves. If the Feds ever took a look at the Pell grants, and asked what kind of return they were really getting on the investment, Boston would crash.

I sometimes wish we could get out of here, but my kids have all their friends in the schools (which are steadily degraded year by year). I don't know what to do.

February 17, 2010 11:14 PM  

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