Tuesday, February 10, 2015

staying tuned...

An update on the Ohio State FY '16-'17, in regards to public libraries, according to OLC's Access Weekly:

"Analysis Underway on Proposed FY16-17 State Budget and Potential Impact on PLF

The OLC staff and consultants have begun the tedious process of analyzing the 719-pages of Gov. Kasich's proposed $72.3 billion state budget for fiscal years (FY) 2016-17, and the potential impact the proposals may have on the Public Library Fund (PLF). The budget proposal includes a combination of tax cuts and tax increases. Overall, the administration claims it amounts to $500 million net tax cut, even though it includes increases in sales, commercial activity, tobacco, and severance taxes. Some of the high points of the proposal include:

  • Cuts the income tax by 23% across-the-board (15% income tax cut this year and 8% cut next year);
  • Raises the Commercial Activity Tax (CAT) on gross receipts from .26% to .32%;
  • Increases the Cigarette Tax from $1.25 to $2.25 per pack;
  • Proposes a 6.5% Severance Tax on high volume oil and gas horizontal wells;
  • Increases the state sales tax from 5.75% to 6.25%;
  • And expands the sales tax base to include the following services: cable TV, parking, lobbying, public relations, consulting, and travel packages.

A summary of the Governor's tax proposal as well as the entire state budget document are available online.

Public Library Fund  

According to Office of Budget and Management (OBM) budget documents, the Governor's proposed budget does not change the Public Library Fund (PLF) percentage from 1.66% of the total General Revenue Fund (GRF) tax receipts. However, due to the various tax reform proposals and state revenue estimates, if the Governor's budget is enacted as proposed, the distribution to the PLF would increase by 5.7% in FY16 and 3.9% in FY17. (See

chart for details and comparison to past and current distributions.)  
A few points to keep in mind:

  • Even though public libraries budget on a calendar year basis, the General Assembly and the state operate on a fiscal year basis. Therefore, budget documents are produced for the legislature based on fiscal years and not calendar years.
  • This is the very beginning of the budget deliberation process. The final FY16-17 budget will not be enacted until the end of June and numerous changes will be made between now and then.
  • Various organizations have already raised concerns with the Governor's tax proposal on severance tax increases, the CAT tax increases, and cigarette tax changes.
It is extremely important to continue to look at the big picture throughout the state budget process - both on the revenue side and on the proposed tax cuts. More information will be provided as soon as it is available.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

gentlefooting it to sleep

"A Goodnight"
Go to sleep--though of course you will not--
to tideless waves thundering slantwise against
strong embankments, rattle and swish of spray
dashed thirty feet high, caught by the lake wind,
scattered and strewn broadcast in over the steady
car rails! Sleep, sleep! Gulls' cries in a wind-gust
broken by the wind; calculating wings set above
the field of waves breaking.
Go to sleep to the lunge between foam-crests,
refuse churned in the recoil. Food! Food!
Offal! Offal! that holds them in the air, wave-white
for the one purpose, feather upon feather, the wild
chill in their eyes, the hoarseness in their voices--
sleep, sleep . . .

Gentlefooted crowds are treading out your lullaby.
Their arms nudge, they brush shoulders,
hitch this way then that, mass and surge at the crossings--
lullaby, lullaby! The wild-fowl police whistles,
the enraged roar of the traffic, machine shrieks:
it is all to put you to sleep,
to soften your limbs in relaxed postures,
and that your head slip sidewise, and your hair loosen
and fall over your eyes and over your mouth,
brushing your lips wistfully that you may dream,
sleep and dream--

A black fungus springs out about the lonely church doors--
sleep, sleep. The Night, coming down upon
the wet boulevard, would start you awake with his
message, to have in at your window. Pay no
heed to him. He storms at your sill with
cooings, with gesticulations, curses!
You will not let him in. He would keep you from sleeping.
He would have you sit under your desk lamp
brooding, pondering; he would have you
slide out the drawer, take up the ornamented dagger
and handle it. It is late, it is nineteen-nineteen--
go to sleep, his cries are a lullaby;
his jabbering is a sleep-well-my-baby; he is
a crackbrained messenger.

The maid waking you in the morning
when you are up and dressing,
the rustle of your clothes as you raise them--
it is the same tune.
At table the cold, greeninsh, split grapefruit, its juice
on the tongue, the clink of the spoon in
your coffee, the toast odors say it over and over.

The open street-door lets in the breath of
the morning wind from over the lake.
The bus coming to a halt grinds from its sullen brakes--
lullaby, lullaby. The crackle of a newspaper,
the movement of the troubled coat beside you--
sleep, sleep, sleep, sleep . . .
It is the sting of snow, the burning liquor of
the moonlight, the rush of rain in the gutters packed
with dead leaves: go to sleep, go to sleep.
And the night passes--and never passes-- 

--William Carlos Williams

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

hope for libraries in OH FY 16-17??

Lately I've been treading water at work; trying hard to keep afloat with the day to day, while trying to take on a few little projects. Stay tuned on those. While I try and wrap my head around those, I wanted to at least share this info from OLC's (Ohio Library Council) Access Weekly

"Gov. Kasich Unveils Plans for FY16-17 State Budget

On Feb. 2, Governor John Kasich released his proposed $72.3 billion state budget for fiscal years (FY) 2016-17, which begin July 1, 2015. It includes a combination of tax cuts and tax increases. Overall, the administration claims it amounts to $500 million net tax cut, even though it includes increases in sales, commercial activity, tobacco, and severance taxes. Some of the high points of the proposal include:
  • Cuts the income tax by 23% across-the-board (15% income tax cut this year and 8% cut next year);
  • Raises the Commercial Activity Tax (CAT) on gross receipts from .26% to .32%;
  • Increases the Cigarette Tax from $1.25 to $2.25 per pack;
  • Proposes a 6.5% Severance Tax on high volume oil and gas horizontal wells;
  • Increases the state sales tax from 5.75% to 6.25%;
  • And expands the sales tax base to include the following services: cable TV, parking, lobbying, public relations, consulting, and travel packages."

For a summary of Gov. Kasich's Tax Proposal

So, what does that mean for Ohio libraries?

 According to Michelle Francis of OLC, Director of Government & Legal Services:

"According to Office of Budget and Management (OBM) budget documents, the Governor’s proposed budget does not change the PLF percentage from 1.66% of the total General Revenue Fund (GRF) tax receipts. However, due to the various tax reform proposals and state revenue estimates, if the Governor’s proposal were to be enacted as proposed, the distribution to the PLF would increase by 5.7% in FY16 and 3.9% in FY17."

So, what does that mean for Sticks Library?Nothing. Not to sound pessimistic, but until that budget is set in stone and the checks are cut, and showing a definite PLF (Public Library Fund) increase for Ohio libraries, we'll keep plugging on like nothing is different. Libraries have been burned before.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Richard Scarry's 21st centurn Busy Town


 This is awesome. And a little sad, because it's true. 

I love love love Richard Scarry's books, love his artwork, and love that I get to introduce my Savannah Banana to it soon!


Back to work today after a wonderful week at the Farm. Missing it more than a little today.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Ben Gibbard - Farmer Chords (Live Acoustic On KEXP)

No one at the Farm has had as much impact on my music-cation as TSO. He introduced me to all of the bands/artists listed below, and who knows who all else.

Today as I am preparing to leave I am thinking back to my summer in grad school; TSO came for a visit that took us up for a long weekend around Traverse City, hiking Sleeping Bear Dunes, and all the way back to Detroit for a Ben Gibbard concert. How different our lives are 7.5 years later.

Thanks TSO for all of these folks:
  • The Postal Service
  • Ben Gibbard
  • Death Cab for Cutie
  • She & Him
  • Fleet Foxes
  • Blitzen Trapper
  • Dar Williams
  • Gillian Welch
  • Ingrid Michaelson
  • Iron & Wine
  • Madeline Peyroux
  • Matt Nathanson
  • Damien Rice
  • MIKA
  • Nickel Creek
  • Regina Spektor
  • Rufus Wainwright
  • Sufjan Stevens

Monday, January 5, 2015

Joe Purdy - I Love the Rain the Most

For a while B1 & B2 were living in the Buffalo area, which put them about 1/2 way between me and the Farm, and made for a couple visits and a memorable New Years Eve carpool to the Farm. On one visit B1 & B2 introduced me to Joe Purdy (some of his music was featured on Gray's Anatomy). Kinda forgot about him until just now, totally ordering some of his music when I get back to work!