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General Assembly restores cuts to public broadcasting

Anita Kumar

Legislators tonight restored $2.2 million in budget cuts to public TV and radio that had been been proposed by Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) last week.

Broadcasters statewide had argued in recent days that the funds should not be trimmed because most state aid to public broadcasting is actually used to teach children in public schools.

McDonnell had recommended trimming money from two funds -- but only one is earmarked for education, according to the governor's office. He proposed cutting more than $1.6 million from an account designed to pay for education over two years and nearly $600,000 from another to pay for programming in the second year of the two-year budget (keeping $1.9 million the first year and $1.3 million the second year).

The Republican-controlled House restored the $1.6-million. Hours later, the Democratic-controlled Senate restored the $600,000.

The Senate also killed a McDonnell proposal that would have stopped state officials from providing $200,000 over the next two years to the Virginia Association of Public Television and Radio to promote tourism.

By Anita Kumar  |  April 21, 2010; 8:26 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , General Assembly 2010 , House of Delegates , Robert F. McDonnell , State Senate  
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