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Trump's Budget Plan Cuts Funding For Arts, Humanities And Public Media

Trump's Budget Plan Cuts Funding For Arts, Humanities And Public Media

For some stations, "particularly in rural parts of the country", the CPB money is 50 percent of their budget, according to Kerger. Butler thinks Trump just doesn't understand how his cuts will affect Americans: "The president, as far as we know, has never said a public word about public broadcasting". "It's an existential question for many of them". A 2017 poll rated PBS and its 350 member stations as the most-trusted nationally known institution.

"A loss of this magnitude could also impact the entire public TV system".

Pence said he saw in his state the huge role public broadcasting played in early childhood education as well: "Frankly, when we were going line by line through our budget proposal, when came to deciding whether to include funding for public television in our budget, I want to tell you, it was an easy call".

As has been pointed out many times, the CPB's portion of the federal budget - around $445 million - is an incredibly small percentage (about one one-hundredth of a percent) of the entire budget. The corporation dates to the administration of President Lyndon Johnson.

Which makes Big Bird more like Dracula; he keeps coming back from the dead.

Though the majority of the country has access to cable television, broadband internet, and other forms of mass communication, there are still areas where significant percentages of the population get their TV "over the air" - which is to say they pull in signals with an antenna. Fifty-four public television stations and 76 public radio stations would be in immediate danger of closing. Even before the budget proposal was known, hundreds of thousands of people had written their members of Congress to demand that they stand against any Trump plan to destroy public broadcasting. She demanded the return of federal funds that had subsidized the program; PBS chose to stop distributing the episode, heading off the impasse.

"I believe the state has the primary responsibility for educating our children and I will say from my heart through all of my life, one thing has been clear: Public television plays a vital role in educating all of the public, but most especially, our children", he said during an acceptance speech at that year's Public Media Summit. "But we're prepared to defend ourselves". For Murray State University's public radio station, WKMS, that could mean losing out on $184,000 a year.

WLJT, West Virginia Public Broadcasting, WVUT in Vincennes, Indiana, and hundreds of other public media stations provide people with free news, entertainment and information programming in conservative, rural America.

The CPB covers certain costs that benefit ALL public broadcasters - the satellite system, music rights, new program development, and administrative support.

The pro-subsidy forces typically have strong Democratic support, but they're also counting on some powerful Republican allies.

"These outcomes are likely to happen in some combination, with negative consequences for the quantity and quality of public broadcasting content", the study's authors said.

The NEA has always been a target of fiscal and social conservatives, whose opposition reached peak levels in the 1980s after several controversial artists and projects received federal funds. The real power lies with the Senate and House Appropriations Committees.

How much CPB funding does VPR receive? Trump's budget eliminates funding for the Appalachian Regional Commission.

The plans still need to move through the Senate and House of Representatives but could see some of the smaller PBS channels lose up to 25% of their funding, and the main PBS network having its overall programming budget cut by 7%. "I hope President Trump will review the record. and realize our funding is a tremendous bargain for the American people".


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