CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Sen. Brooks McCabe, D-Kanawha, said Thursday he hopes to introduce a bill next week that would restore some of the $3 million of funding the Kanawha County Public Library lost when the state Supreme Court struck down a law requiring the country Board of Education to fund the library.
McCabe said he wants a collaborative funding effort to serve both public libraries and public schools in the counties that had Board of Education library subsidies overturned by the Feb. 22 court ruling.
"We've got to find a way to better fund our public libraries in our communities," he said.
McCabe said he wants to review the proposal with legislators before discussing specifics of the funding plan.
He made the comments following the Department of Education and the Arts' budget presentation to the Senate Finance Committee.
During Library Commission Secretary Karen Goff's presentation, McCabe asked, "Doesn't it make sense to bring more closely together our public libraries with our county public education programs?"
Goff answered, "I firmly believe public libraries and public education are partners with the same goal of an educated citizenry."
Also during budget presentations Tuesday:
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