Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis speaks with library supporters in 1990.1
1990 Budget Crisis
"When Governor Dukakis signed the FY 1990 state budget into law, he cut $491 million from it. The MBLC hoped that it would be the last round of cuts, but in October the Board's administrative account was cut by $682,679." Total state funding in FY1990 to the MBLC was just $17,809,429.2
TODAY: Total state funding in FY2014 to the MBLC: $22,241,219.
What else happened in 1990?
1. Image from MBLC files.
2. One Hundred-and-First Annual Report of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, 1990.
3. www.thepeoplehistory.com [link].