Discussions concerning the upcoming New York State Budget are well underway. For libraries, this means that the Executive Branch will be determining whether or not it will include last year’s $4 million in operating aid and $5 million in construction aid in its proposed budget. Inclusion means that the library community will start on a level playing field in moving toward the amount of aid defined in state statute. However, if the Executive Branch removes that money from its proposal, we will be in the position of advocating for support already approved by the Assembly, Senate, and Executive. The Executive Budget will be made public by mid-January.