I will advocate for a budget that increases library hours.
Our goal should be to have libraries open 7 days a week. While libraries do enhance our quality of life, they are also enormous economic drivers. There are the obvious educational benefits to libraries, but they are also enormous resources for those looking for jobs and job training. Many libraries in Rochester also serve as meeting places for community groups.
Having libraries open longer gives our teenagers more to do in the short-term and increase their real-world skills in the long-term. This has an effect on crime in our city. The money saved from ending corporate welfare as well as improvements to the City’s budget is where the money will come from to increase hours.