Wednesday, March 25, 2015

534. Is The State Library Funding Still In Doubt?

   For all of you out there that assume the crisis is over for the ISL Genealogy Division, you may want to reconsider. I received the following email Monday from the Governor's Office in reply to my support of continued Genealogy funding. It doesn't sound to me like they have changed their position one iota:

Dear Mr. Darrah:
Thank you for your letter to Governor Pence.   He appreciates the time you took to express your views.
INSPIRE was defunded in the budget because it is largely duplicative of services available for free on sites like Google Scholar, Directory of Open Access Journals, Microsoft Academic Search, etc. Similarly, the Genealogy Collection Program was defunded as it provides services that are offered by private organizations. The budget recommends this effort be provided by private organizations, such as
Members of the Indiana General Assembly are currently debating the budget.   I encourage you to also contact your local legislators to express your views about this legislation.   Contact information for the Indiana House and Senate is included below.
Please be assured that Governor Pence monitors all legislation closely as it proceeds through the legislative process and will thoroughly review all bills that are brought to him for his signature.   He will keep your comments in mind should this legislation reach his desk for consideration.
Thank you for contacting Governor Pence and for being an engaged citizen.
Kristen Kane
Constituent Services Representative
Office of the Governor
Indiana House of Representatives
200 W. Washington St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204
317-232-9600 or 800-382-9842
Indiana State Senate
200 W. Washington St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204
317-232-9400 or 800-382-9467


  1. There is so much wrong with that statement from the governor's office that it's hard to know where to start...

  2. That is just the Governor's view. At this point he has no say in the matter. If the General Assembly maintains the funding for the State Library, Pence will have to go along with it. Of course, in two years (assuming he is re-elected in 2016) he will submit another biennial budget where he can try again to eliminate funding for the State Library. For that reason, I believe it behooves us to replace Mike Pence as Indiana's governor.