Trump’s new budget would kill IMLS—the main federal funder of libraries


Donald Trump hasn’t much use for books—except a precious few such as Trump: The Art of the Deal and other ghosted masterpieces.

He converted the walnut-paneled library room in the old Marjorie Merriweather Post mansion at Mar-a-Lago into a bar with his portrait. Perhaps this was just part of the transition to a club, but Trump must have enjoyed his kind of book-proofing. I doubt he’s the planet’s biggest fan of other aspects of libraries, either.

So it’s no shocker that for the third year in a row, the Trump Administration is trying to kill the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the main source of federal funds for libraries.

The Trump people have not been the only one to try. Paul Ryan, the former speaker of the house, also gave it a shot. And conservative think tanks are still at it?

Push back. Don’t take IMLS for granted at…

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2 Replies to “Trump’s new budget would kill IMLS—the main federal funder of libraries”

  1. Seems trump and the republicans are very serious about dumbing down America.
    That’s how they maintain some of their power…through ignorance and stifling rational thoughtful and critical thinking which often comes from books.

  2. It’s been going on since Reagan. I used to work for the Buffalo & Erie County Library System … it was a beautiful library system. Now it’s a mere shell of what it used to be. All through the 1980’s, we experienced deep cuts in funding. It’s been like that ever since Reagan & his tax cuts. Anything that benefits the common person.

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