February 13, 2018

Trump’s budget proposal for 2019 is at best confusing, but definitely bad for libraries


Yesterday, the Trump administration released its proposed budget for the 2019 fiscal year, which will begin on October 1. It includes, of course, huge (huuuuge!) increases for military and border control spending, and huge (huuuuge!) cuts to social safety nets like Medicare, environmental research programs, and cultural institutions. Combined with the budget deal Congress passed last week and the $1.5 trillion tax cut the president signed in December, the math is… confusing.

But here’s one thing we know: For the American Library Association’s District Dispatch, Kathi Kromer reports that Trump’s 2019 budget “proposed eliminating the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and hundreds of millions of dollars dedicated to America’s libraries through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA)” and slashing funding for “many other federal programs that support libraries, including Innovative Approaches to Literary, a Department of Education program.”

We love our librarians here at Melville House, and as a Moby reader yourself, it’s safe to assume that you do too. Congress has the final say on the FY 2019 budget, so contact your representatives to let them know how important libraries and education programs are to our communities. The ALA’s Action Center can help you find your representatives’ handles and contact information, and also provides talking points.



Taylor Sperry is a former Melville House editor.