Virginia Governor Hits Public Broadcasters With Another Budget Cut
May 4, 2011 at 4:52 AM (PT)
VIRGINIA public broadcasters took another hit in the budget process TUESDAY after Gov. BOB MCDONNELL used his line-item veto power to cut an additional 16% of state funding for educational telecommunications services, reports the ROANOKE TIMES. MCDONNELL's move took $424,000 out of the budget for public radio and TV for the next two years.
The state budget passed by legislators in FEBRUARY represented a cut from the current fiscal year's budget; total state funding for the public stations will be $3.18 million for the coming fiscal year. MCDONNELL previously proposed a 50% cut and an eventual phase-out of state funding for public broadcasting.