One of the line-items facing cuts to non-existence is state funding for local libraries. In Newport, the loss of this subsidy would be painful: about $300,000.

Cuts like that from a local library budget would force the city’s library system to find the “least impactful” way to reduce its expenses. But it is unlikely that those cuts wouldn’t be felt by the communities the library serves.

Governor Brown’s budget would make it the third consecutive administration to reduce state spending in libraries.

From the Daily Pilot:

If approved by legislators in March, proposed state budget cuts could eliminate more than $300,000 in funding for the Newport Beach Public Library, jeopardizing multiple programs, a library official said Wednesday.

Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed fiscal 2011-12 budget would eliminate $30.4 million in state funds for library and literacy-related programs.

“In 2010 we received grants of $318,000 from these programs, so these cuts would have a substantial impact on our library budget,” Cynthia Cowell, library services director, said in an e-mail Wednesday.

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