Wyoming PBS has laid off two staffers after Gov. Matt Mead ordered cuts last month of 8% across all state agencies. That meant the broadcaster lost about $200,000 of its $3.4 million budget.
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback wants to cut state aid to public TV and radio by 42% in the next two fiscal years. State policymakers allocated $1.04 million to Kansas pubcasters for fiscal 2013. Under the budget proposal unveiled by Republican Gov. Brownback, the total subsidy would drop to $600,000 annually in fiscal 2014 and 2015.
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is proposing $600,000 in funding for public TV and radio in each of the next two fiscal years, down 42 percent from the current figure of slightly more than $1 million a year. The next fiscal year begins July 1.
Paula Derger: “Elimination of funding would have almost no impact on the nation’s debt. Yet the loss to the American public would be devastating.”
Public broadcasting continue to deal with the uncertainties of state funding in economically and politically precarious times, closing offices, facing possible cuts and bracing for the consequences. Here’s a roundup of activity in Rhode Island, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Idaho and Kansas.
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Just as a deal came together late last week to keep PBS programming on the air in Orlando, Florida’s public broadcasters suffered a financial blow when Gov. Rick Scott vetoed the state’s nearly $4.8 million appropriation for public broadcasting.
The GOP-dominated Florida legislature had already budgeted a 30% reduction in the funds provided to the state’s 26 nonprofit public radio and TV stations, forcing organizations scrambling to deal with a long-expected downturn in donations and memberships to conserve further. But Gov. Rick Scott’s veto yesterday zeroes out funding completely, ending a funding arrangement that has stood for 35 years, beginning with the start of the state’s fiscal year on July 1.
The Wisconsin legislature’s budget committee has approved a plan that would cut an extra half million dollars from the Educational Communications Board. That’s on top of the roughly 10% cut assessed to most state agencies.
A proposal by Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) to zero-out nearly $2 million in annual funding for the Maine Public Broadcasting Network prompted hearings in the statehouse Monday.
Public broadcasters and their supporters fired back over the weekend following the release of a bill by the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee that would cut out its funding.