Panel Restores Funding For Maine Public Broadcasting Network
April 10, 2012 at 4:09 AM (PT)
MAINE PUBLIC BROADCASTING NETWORK's budget has survived an attempt by Gov. PAUL LEPAGE to cut $1.7 million from its funding.
CAPITOL NEWS SERVICE reports that the Appropriations Committee of the MAINE Legislature restored the entire amount cut from the public radio and TV broadcaster, with panel members saying that they are unhappy that the service had become, in the words of Rep. KATHLEEN CHASE (R-WELLS), a "political football."
An amendment to the budget was added to stipulate that the appropriations for MPBN for the Emergency Alert System will be reduced over five years and the system will go to a fee-for-services arrangement.