Thursday, February 5, 2015

Good For Walker

There is no legitimate reason for the government to keep funding NPR and PBS along with state radio and TV stations.
Big Bird isn't singing the "Sesame Street" song in protest at the state Capitol — yet.  
But under Gov. Scott Walker's 2015-17 budget, public broadcasting in Wisconsin faces a sharp 34 percent budget cut next year and an additional 1.4 percent in 2017.
It's "very significant," said Gene Purcell, executive director of the Educational Communications Board, which operates Wisconsin Public Radio and Wisconsin Public Television.
The governor's proposal would slash about $5 million over the next two years from the agency.
"We're always prepared for a wide variety of scenarios, and being cut is always a possibility," Purcell said. "But I certainly did not expect anything of this magnitude."
Purcell said he learned of the proposed cut when he opened the budget as Walker's speech began at 7 p.m. Tuesday. He said he's received no contact from the governor's office since the budget was released.
It's too soon to speculate on the impact of the cuts, Purcell said, but "there will be an impact on service of some kind."
"Right now, I've got more questions than answers," he added.
It's not the first time Walker has proposed a cut for public broadcasting, but it's the largest cut the governor has proposed. In 2011, state lawmakers approved a cut of about $1.2 million, or 8 percent. It's also significantly larger than one proposed by Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback this year, at 17 percent.
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Of course, the liberals will cry crocodiles tears about Big Bird.
But the fact that many shows can function just fine without government, including and especially Sesame Street,
And those shows that need government subsidies?
Drop them and get better shows.

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