Kansas governor proposes to cut state aid to pubcasting

By Ben Mook

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has proposed cutting state aid to public television and radio by 42 percent in the next two fiscal years.

State policymakers allocated $1.04 million to Kansas pubcasters for fiscal 2013. Under the budget proposal unveiled by Republican Gov. Brownback Jan. 16, the total subsidy would drop to $600,000 annually in fiscal 2014 and 2015.

Gov. Brownback has previously targeted for public broadcasting even deeper spending cuts: for fiscal 2012, he sought to completely eliminate state aid. Last year he budgeted $600,000 for pubcasting, but legislators increased the appropriation to $1.04 million.

In his latest budget, the governor calls for public broadcasters to continue to push for self-sufficiency.

“The Governor also recommends that public broadcasting stations continue to find additional ways to generate additional funding.”

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