The Organization Behind PBS and NPR Calls Trump's Proposed Cuts 'Devastating'


The Organization Behind PBS and NPR Calls Trump's Proposed Cuts 'Devastating'

President Trump's proposal to eliminate funding to the Corporation of Public Broadcasting and the National Endowment of the Arts was denounced by the artistic community on Thursday. (So, no more Serial.) Additionally, independent agencies like the United States Institute of Peace, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Corporation for National Community Service, and the African Development Foundation would no longer be supported by tax dollars.

While not downplaying the threat, PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger responded to the proposed cut Thursday with a letter emphasizing the widespread support for public television and her determination to fight for its survival.

She points to the bipartisan PBS/Hart Research-American Viewpoint poll, which found 73% of voters oppose eliminating federal funding for public television and GOP voters oppose it by nearly a 2 to 1 margin (62% to 32%).

And 83 percent of voters, including 70 percent of those who voted for Trump, said they would tell their elected representatives to find other places to cut the budget.

CPB is too Big Bird to fail, apparently, despite the fact that the justification for having a public broadcasting network in the age of 1,000 channels on cable makes zero sense.

Smaller public radio stations will be at risk of going off the air. The fiscal year '16 budgets for the CPB, NEA and NEH combined were a total of $741 million.

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Without the critical seed money from the CPB, local stations, like WEMU, will be forced to drastically cut the content and services our communities rely on. Many think it should just be privately funded instead.

We can all agree that, now more than ever, the reliable, trusted voice of public radio is vital. CPB provided $1.4 million of that funding. As a federal government agency, the NEA can not engage in advocacy, either directly or indirectly. WKMS has been on the air for more than 45 years. Rodney Frelinghuysen, R-N.J., and Tom Cole, R-Okla., previously have supported CPB's funding.

The plan is a pared-down first draft-a broader budget that includes Trump's tax proposals and government spending on programs like Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid will be released in the spring. But it may be short-lived. Although it's not clear what research on diseases or disorders would lose the most money, it could mean reducing or halting research for diseases like breast cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.

About half of the $445 million provided every year to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting is distributed among 350 member stations to fund the operations of local PBS member stations. While CPB funding represents about nine percent of MPT's annual budget, some stations (particularly in rural areas) depend on their annual grant for 50 percent or more of their budget. "The smaller stations will not survive". We have run an incredibly efficient and lean operation since then. "So it would start to snowball".

Today, President Trump is sending an outline of his proposed 2018 budget to Congress. The radio and television station is housed on the campus of Vincennes University, in a county where over 71% of voters supported Trump.

Since these budget decisions could have a profound impact on St. Louis Public Radio and all of public radio and television, we've created the following primer, put together with the help of our public media colleagues, to answer your questions. If you haven't made your gift yet, please do so now. Public Broadcasting Atlanta, which focuses on metro Atlanta with 90.1/WABE and PBA 30, would also have to trim down 10 percent.

"We work very hard ... talking to legislators about the importance of federal funding", Kerger said. "We're in legislation, and it takes a while to undo law".



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