The library recently received word that we are the recipients of a grant for Guiding Ohio Online (GOO). While previously an AmeriCorps program, GOO is now exclusively a program of the State Library, supported by LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act) funds. It is focused on rural communities in Ohio, helping these target populations develop digital skills.
Just minutes before the midnight deadline on June 30, Governor Kasich signed House Bill (HB) 49 to fund state government from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2019. Prior to signing the two-year main operating budget bill into law, he line-item vetoed 47 provisions. Fortunately the language temporarily setting the Public Library Fund (PLF) at 1.68 percent of the state's General Revenue Fund (GRF) was NOT vetoed and became effective immediately. The temporary language reduces by half the more than $7 million cut in FY 2018 originally proposed by Governor Kasich.