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Public broadcasting dealt setback in House Appropriations Committee

Cordelia Brown, operations manager at KANU, 91.5 FM radio, works her classical music programming shift at the Lawrence Kansas Public Radio studio in this 2005 file photo. A divided House Appropriations Committee on Thursday rejected $800,000 sought by public broadcasting.

Cordelia Brown, operations manager at KANU, 91.5 FM radio, works her classical music programming shift at the Lawrence Kansas Public Radio studio in this 2005 file photo. A divided House Appropriations Committee on Thursday rejected $800,000 sought by public broadcasting.

February 9, 2012

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— A divided House Appropriations Committee on Thursday rejected $800,000 sought by public broadcasting.

The motion to remove the funding request deadlocked 10-10 and then Appropriations Chairman Rep. Marc Rhoades, R-Newton, broke the tie and voted to kill the funds.

Gov. Sam Brownback's budget proposal for the fiscal year that starts July 1 included $600,000 in state general funding for public broadcasting, which is a cut from current funding of approximately $2 million. A House budget subcommittee added $800,000 to Brownback's proposal of $600,000, bringing the total to $1.4 million.

But the full Appropriations Committee action removed that $800,000, bringing the funding level back to Brownback's original $600,000.

"It doesn't say government radio, it says public radio and I think it's time the government get out of public radio," said state Rep. Pete DeGraaf, R-Mulvane.

State Rep. Anthony Brown, R-Eudora, said voting against the funding was one of the tough decisions legislators had to make to be "real fiscal conservatives."

State Rep. Peggy Mast, R-Emporia, said with all the funding needs on the state and national level, legislators needed to re-prioritize.

But several western Kansas legislators said that their constituents depended on public radio and public television. And other legislators said that public television, with its emphasis on early learning and children's programming, was a service to the state.

Comments

rockchalker52 2 years, 2 months ago

The government should fund public broadcasting even more. The American people deserve this conduit to such a wealth of knowledge. The value is virtually limitless what with instructional programming, art, hobbies, drama, music, comedy & in-depth news coverage. Are the networks or even the subscription channels gonna match that? They haven't yet. I pay a lot of taxes. I want back something satisfying once in a damn while. NPR & PBS are what I want.

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Phoenixman 2 years, 2 months ago

Take away NPR and the liberals can support Air America. This time they can do it without raiding the coffers of the Boys Club of America for nearly a million. What a scandal, you all ought to be proud of yourselves for that one, stealing from orphans and disadvantaged kids to spew leftist hate speech over a dead airwave.

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/08/12/nyregion/12network.html

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pace 2 years, 2 months ago

This was killed by committee. It is another blow by Brown/koch to denigrate education. Less bucks for the kids more for the "job creators" .

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My_Life 2 years, 2 months ago

Yup, welfare comes first. Those dollars are needed for food, clothing, healthcare, housing, cell phones, etc. for folks who are lazy and are entitled not to work. And if you were stupid enough to buy a house you can't afford the goberment has some money coming for you too.

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Cant_have_it_both_ways 2 years, 2 months ago

Public broadcasting, just like the arts can compete in the market place. Funding them with tax dollars, no matter which side of the fence you subscribe to, is wrong. Tax dollars should not be used to compete with small business. I personally love NPR and what they provide, but from a pure whats good for the country point of view, have to side with the State on this one.

Good business breeds good business, funded entities are just there. Anyone care to look at what the Station Director at each individual NPR studio makes a year vs the average privately owned radio or TV station? How about taking a tour and looking at the equipment in both. You will see that the businessman has to do with what he can piece together in most cases, and the public funded places have the best of the best at the taxpayers expense.

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CWGOKU 2 years, 2 months ago

Can't they have a bake sale or something?

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jackbinkelman 2 years, 2 months ago

This is the last straw.. It is time to return the Kansas State Government to sanity in the next election.

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rooster 2 years, 2 months ago

This is the problem that conservatives have created for themselves. They drew a line in the sand with their fiscal conservatism so for guys like Marc Rhodes or Anthony Brown who can listen to radio in both Hutch or KC/Lawrence respectively have no issues cutting funding for services that are WAY MORE IMPORTANT to the folks in ULTRA RURAL Kansas where the next closest radio station may be well outside the range where it can be received.

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Richard Payton 2 years, 2 months ago

Mozart,Tchaikovsky,Dvorak and other classical musicians can be heard on CD's for less than $800,000.00.

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jjt 2 years, 2 months ago

Hang on a mo, there is good news. KLWN 1320 News and Talk of Lawrence is still here broadcasting local, regional and national content. Local with Kim, Hank, Brian, Jeremy , John, Warner and gang. Still here, yes, and very public, KLWN celebrates its 61st Birthday shortly. Local with Arden Booth keeping Lawrence and the surrounding area aware of the 1950's flood, to International breaking news with Jeremy. How many interviews have Hank and Kim done over the years perhaps Political to a story maybe about a local family. Brian and the KU sports. Then there are the two sister stations, Kiss 105.9 top hits and of course the Bull for the country listeners. Public radio may be sort of free of ads but our stations of whom I am very proud to be a small part do not cost the listener anything and we do the local and regional stuff and better, particularly now.
Jeremy Taylor ... a personal post

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weiser 2 years, 2 months ago

If you like to listen to it, pay for it yourself. Simple!

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bradb 2 years, 2 months ago

Nice going Anthony Brown. You and your fellow right wing dogmatists have done your part to remove about the only culture access enjoyed by rural kansans.

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number1jayhawker 2 years, 2 months ago

Everybody wants lower taxes, a quality school system and a smoother running government, but no one wants any of their "special" programs have the fat cut off of them.

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yourworstnightmare 2 years, 2 months ago

This is a move that is going to really hurt rural western Kansans. KPR will be fine, but High Plains Public Radio affiliates in Kansas will likely suffer greatly due to a smaller donor pool.

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machiavelli 2 years, 2 months ago

That lady in the picture is kinda hot.

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mr_right_wing 2 years, 2 months ago

$800,000 for RADIO? That is obscene.

Cut they're funding completely put it into education or some other worthy cause. There are a multitude of radio stations out there who do just fine without one cent of our tax dollars.

Looks like KPR can no longer afford their (elitist) non-commerical status, get out on those streeds and sell some ads!! (Or I suppose to put it more politely...get yourselves a whole lot more 'underwriters'!)

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Tracy Rogers 2 years, 2 months ago

"It doesn't say government radio, it says public radio and I think it's time the government get out of public radio," said state Rep. Pete DeGraaf, R-Mulvane.

And just who does Pete think makes up the government?

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WilburNether 2 years, 2 months ago

Isn't it fun to hear the little piggies squeal when the spigot pouring taxpayer dollars into the public trough for their entertainment is turned off!

There is no justification whatsoever for taxpayer dollars to pay for "public" broadcasting. The people who want it can pay for it themselves.

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Centerville 2 years, 2 months ago

Why isn't it investigating ways to make its own way? It could sell podcasts and internet acess memberships. There appears to be a big market out here. Why is it the only radio that always has its tin cup in the taxpayers' faces?

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its_just_math 2 years, 2 months ago

Why should I pay for public radio to spew their commie crapola? That whole crowd needs to find a real job, with real customers and real advertisers and stop trying to be a do-gooder on my behalf. Thanks, but no thanks.

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JJE007 2 years, 2 months ago

Brownbeak no doubt needs those funds for entertaining legislators and legislative possibilities.

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Ken Lassman 2 years, 2 months ago

This is pretty much the same mentality as shuttering the Arts Commission: pure ideology without any acknowledgement that who will pay the highest price is the small town and rural folks across the state. As per usual, folks in the major metropolitan areas will find a way to support the public radio and TV, but drive out into "Radio Kansas" parts of the state and the repeater stations and the folks who listen to that amazingly good radio all day will be cut off.

You can blame Brownback for starting this, but unlike the Arts debacle, the entire Republican party is equally at fault here. How many of those yahoos were OK with that communistic thing called Rural Electrification? How many folks voted for using public dollars to create incentives for folks to remain in small towns, or to create incentives for health professionals to move there?

Cutting off their noses to spite their faces. Really sad.

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Roland Gunslinger 2 years, 2 months ago

FYI more money was spent to audit the KBA, which found next to nothing.

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Jan Rolls 2 years, 2 months ago

This is the worst governor and legislature in the history of kansas. They don't want to do one thing to help the public but they have plenty of money to hire idiots from florida and pay consultants.

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Orwell 2 years, 2 months ago

Come on, Appropriations Committee – you'll have to do much better than that. Dave and Charlie won't even notice a piddling $800K extra in their pockets. They'll think it's a rounding error.

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Michael LoBurgio 2 years, 2 months ago

rockchalk1977

Does brownback or the koch brothers PAY YOU TO POST?

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rockchalk1977 2 years, 2 months ago

Maybe the City Of Lawrence can pay the $800,000 and establish "special tax districts" for liberal supporters. They can hang a sign on their front door during the next whine and cheese party.

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tolawdjk 2 years, 2 months ago

"State Rep. Anthony Brown, R-Eudora, said voting against the funding was one of the tough decisions legislators had to make to be "real fiscal conservatives.""

Like it is some kind of schlong waiving contest.

""It doesn't say government radio, it says public radio and I think it's time the government get out of public radio," said state Rep. Pete DeGraaf, R-Mulvane." We should all plan ahead and make sure we have Cirus to listen to when we have to change out a raped tire with our spare.

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TinmanKC 2 years, 2 months ago

Cable "news" like Fox does not seek to inform, just scare. That's what their advertisers want. After all, their fear sells gold coins - one of the top advertisers. And when they bring on a liberal or progressive voice to be able to say they are "fair and balanced," it's the most off the wall talking heads they can pay.

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Hooligan_016 2 years, 2 months ago

Why does the KS legislature hate classical music?

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