The Natural Science Collections Alliance (NSC Alliance) provided testimony to the Senate Appropriations Committee regarding fiscal year (FY) 2020 funding for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).
“Museums strengthen our national economy. They provide core educational and outreach programs to engage the public and contribute more than $50 billion to the U.S. economy every year, support more than 726,000 American jobs, and generate $12 billion in tax revenue. It is of paramount importance to invest in museums given the enormous economic and educational contributions of these institutions.”
The testimony urged appropriators to reject the President’s proposal to eliminate IMLS and to instead provide IMLS with at least $257 million in FY 2020.