What would Franklin do?
Walker budget cuts target Wisconsin libraries
Materials sharing, Braille service are threatened
Under Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed budget, Wisconsin libraries would see their funding requests cut by more than $18.9 million in 2012 alone, threatening a wide variety of services, including those for job-seekers and the blind.
Here in the capital, “My goal is to keep all the libraries open with the same hours,” says Barb Dimick, director of the Madison Public Library. “We’re going to all be hurt.”
She resists commenting on the planned expansion of Madison’s central branch, noting the sensitive and uncertain political atmosphere, statewide and locally. “I am hopeful that this will go forward,” she says. “It’s under discussion and under consideration.”