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WNYLRC Webinar: NY State’s Budget and You: A Primer on Libraries and the State Budget Process
September 21 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT
Does it sometimes feel as if State Aid for Libraries is a mystery until it pops out of the oven on April 1st each year? Would you like to know more about how the cake is baked? What’s in the mix? When are good times to add yeast and turn up the heat? In this noontime webinar we’ll explore:
- How the economy affects the size of the State’s revenue pie each year;
- How the State funding pie is sliced and where Libraries fit in;
- Following the State Budget Calendar to time and target advocacy;
- Finding State Library Aid in the Governor’s Proposed Operating and Capital Budgets;
- Following the Legislative process – timing and importance of Senate and Assembly “one-house” budget resolutions
- Quickly finding the result in the Adopted Budget Bills
About the Presenter:
Ken Stone has been heavily involved in governmental finance for over 40 years, beginning as an Evaluator for the U.S. General Accounting Office (now known as the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) and moving on to responsible positions in City and County governments. Upper management positions included service as Program Development and Audit Manager (budget and internal audit) for the City of Anaheim, California; Budget Director for the City of Spokane, Washington; and currently, Deputy Director – Chief Financial Officer of the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library System, a regional library system serving the citizens of Erie County, New York through 37 library facilities and 2 high-tech mobile library vehicles covering a territory of 1,043 square miles. Mr. Stone possesses a Master of Public Administration Degree from California State University at Fullerton and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the same institution.
Mr. Stone enjoys teaching and interacting with students learning about public budgeting concepts and realities in PAD 601 Public Budgeting at SUNY Buffalo State. He also actively participates in the Buffalo-Niagara Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), serving as Chapter President in 2018 through June 2019 and Treasurer from January 2020-present.