Libraries thank lawmaker for funding push

By Kevin Ellis | Gaston Gazette

Lincoln County Republican Rep. Jason Saine won the title of Library Champion from the North Carolina Public Library Directors Association.
The association gave Saine its award earlier this month saying he has been a strong advocate for libraries in North Carolina.“His family regularly visits the Lincoln County Public Library, and he has been a guest reader at family story times,” states a release from Saine’s office.

As a member of the General Government Budget Committee, Saine pushed for increases to better fund library services across North Carolina, according to the association.

Saine helped push a bill through that led to a $1 million reccurring increase for state aid to public libraries in the 2016 budget.

“Jason supports the role libraries play in literacy and education. He is committed to ensuring that libraries are adequately funded so they continue to provide access to technology, public information, employment resources and opportunities for lifelong learning. We are especially proud of the work Jason did to make libraries a priority in the state budget this year,” said Lincoln County Public Library Director Jennifer Sackett in a statement released by Saine’s office.