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Re: [bookclub-453] Rally at Central Library Fri at 5:30!

From: Maura
Sent on: Friday, September 18, 2009 2:28 PM
Not over stress the point but the blog post in your original email is
inaccurate.

The City has received authorization to generate an additional $700
million in revenue meaning that lay-offs will not happen and City
services will not be interrupted - including libraries.

Plan C and the State budget are NOT related. While it is true that the
state still does not have a budget, this will not impact library
services.  Libraries will remain open regardless of further state
(in)action.

A bad state budget or no state budget could have devastating impact on
institutions across the city (hospitals, school, univerisities) but
not libraries. Libraries will not be closed.

On 9/18/09, Michelle <[address removed]> wrote:
> I read that as well.  It is my understanding that the rally will continue as
> planned regardless of outcome of the budget.
>
> On Fri, Sep 18, 2009 at 2:00 PM, ennui <[address removed]> wrote:
>
>> My understanding is that the budget has been passed.
>>
>>
>> http://www.philly...­
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>> Subject: [bookclub-453] Rally at Central Library Fri at 5:30!
>> From: [address removed]
>> To: [address removed]
>> Date: Fri, 18 Sep[masked]:54:13 -0400
>>
>>
>> The state is set to vote on the budget today, so if the budget gets
>> passed,
>> Philadelphia may not have to revert to their Plan C.  HOWEVER, if the
>> budget
>> does not get passed (or it gets passed with too many cuts), Philadelphia's
>> Plan C goes into action.  All Free Libraries of Philadelphia are going to
>> close.  Besides all the free services the libraries provide including free
>> internet access, after school programs and free book, movie and CD
>> borrowing, many other local social service agencies will also be forced to
>> close. You can read about Plan C here.
>>
>> This is so scary!  No matter what happens in today's vote, there is a
>> rally
>> scheduled for today, Friday, Sept. 18 at 5:30pm on the steps of the Main
>> Branch Library.
>>
>> Also, use this website to find your state rep and send them and email. The
>> library site has a form letter you can send if you don't have time to
>> write out your own. This is also a good resource.
>> It's not too late, but they need to hear from you TODAY!
>>
>>
>> I won't be able to make it due to work, but maybe some of you can.
>>
>>
>>
>>   *
>> *
>>
>> *Philadelphia libraries to close Oct. 2
>> *Pennsylvania's budget deadlock also means 3,000 city employees could get
>> pink slips on Friday.
>> Posted by Elizabeth Strott on Wednesday, September 16,[masked]:16 AM
>> *The City of Brotherly Love isn't showing much to book lovers.*
>>
>> All 54 of Philadelphia's libraries are scheduled to close because the
>> state
>> of Pennsylvania has not been able to pass a budget to fund the library
>> system.
>>
>> "All branch and regional library programs, including programs for children
>> and teens, after school programs, computer classes, and programs for
>> adults,
>> will be cancelled," the Free Library posted in a notice on its Web site.
>> All
>> 250,000 books, disks and other items that have been borrowed are now due
>> Oct. 1, and nothing can be borrowed after Sept. 30.
>>
>> Pennsylvania lawmakers are still deadlocked over a proposed state budget
>> that was supposed to have been enacted on July 1.
>>
>> Gov. Ed Rendell on Monday said he would veto a legislative budget plan
>> proposed last Friday, calling the $27.9 budget proposal an overestimation
>> of
>> the sources of revenue needed to balance the budget.
>>
>> Philadelphia had been banking on a 1% sales tax increase and a change in
>> pension payment plans to help it fund library operations. If the budget
>> does
>> not pass within the next two weeks, the city said it will lay off all
>> library employees.
>>
>> The state budget mess could also force Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter
>> to
>> move forward on his so-called "Plan C" doomsday budget, beyond the closure
>> of the libraries. Plan C would lay off 3,000 city workers, eliminate
>> court-system funding and shut down all recreation centers. The city will
>> send out pink slips to the 3,000 employees on Friday unless the budget
>> passes before then.
>>
>> *Philadelphia's library system is the sixth-largest public library in the
>> nation. Benjamin Franklin created its precursor, the Library Company of
>> Philadelphia, which was the first public library in the country.
>> _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _*
>>  *Join us Friday.  Steps of the Main Branch Library. 5:30pm. Speak-out /
>> Open Mic --share your thoughts on how this and the cut of our social
>> services has or will affect you.  Bring signs. Bring friends. Bring hope.*
>>
>>
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