Minnesota Gov Proposes Zeroing Out Pubcasters' Appropriations
March 9, 2010 at 4:39 AM (PT)
MINNESOTA Governor TIM PAWLENTY's 2011 budget proposal cuts the entire general fund appropriation for public broadcasting from $2.015 million to zero, including MINNESOTA PUBLIC RADIO's $250,000 allocation and an additional $387,000 for public radio stations, reports MINNPOST.COM's DAVID BRAUER.
The cuts are part of other austerity measures in the budget and carry through to 2012 and 2013, and would cause the broadcasters to lost matching federal funds as well, although the stations received additional funding for programming this year ($1.5 million for MPR) and next ($1.15 million for MPR) from the Legacy Amendment tax for arts and culture.
The proposal faces fierce opposition in the state Senate, which is controlled by the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (PAWLENTY is a Republican); the Senate is considering its own plan that would cut the broadcasters' budget by 3% this year and 6% in 2011.