McDonnell proposes ending Virginia's public broadcasting funding

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell unveiled a number of budget cuts Wednesday, including eliminating state funding for public broadcasting.

That move, popular with national Republicans, would save the state an estimated $2 million by the end of fiscal 2012 and $4 million by the end of fiscal 2013.

“Public broadcasting is a wonderful resource, providing quality programming that is cherished by many,” McDonnell said. “However, in our modern media world there are thousands upon thousands of content providers operating in the free market. They compete with each other, and viewers and listeners have their choice as to what to tune into or turn on. Simply put, it doesn’t make sense to have some stations with the competitive advantage of being funded by taxpayer dollars.  The decision to eliminate state funding of public broadcasting is driven by the fundamental need to reestablish the proper role of government, and budget accordingly.”

Other cuts, which McDonnell will present as part of his proposed budget package Friday, include a continued statewide hiring freeze and restrictions on discretionary spending and travel.

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