Alaska State Budget Proposal Would Cut Public Radio Funding By 59%
March 9, 2015 at 4:07 AM (PT)
A proposal by a State Representative proposes to hit the state's public radio stations hard in ALASKA's state budget, with $2.5 million in cuts representing over half of the public funding earmarked by the state for the stations, reports ALASKA PUBLIC RADIO NETWORK.
State Rep. LYNN GATTIS (R-WASILLA) proposed the reduction, which would cut state funding for the stations by 59%, but GATTIS staffer TYSON GALLAGHER told APRN that the intention is to keep "sole services" -- stations that are the only radio stations serving rural areas -- on the air. Meanwhile, after public hearings before GATTIS' subcommittee last week, Rep SCOTT KAWASAKI (D-FAIRBANKS) told ALASKA DISPATCH NEWS that he plans to try and reverse some of the cuts when the budget comes before the House Finance Committee this week.