Wisconsin’s public library system is facing a lawsuit claiming that it has been unfairly targeted for financial losses from a massive $1.3 billion budget shortfall.
The lawsuit filed by the Wisconsin Public Library Association claims that the state’s budget shortfall is a direct result of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation’s budget cutbacks that resulted in the closure of libraries, curbside parking at libraries and the removal of library services.
The complaint seeks damages and punitive damages.
It also seeks a declaration that the library system cannot continue operating as it has for more than 20 years.
The library system has not yet filed a response.