Budget proposal doesn’t ask for restoration of funds for public broadcasting

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A preliminary draft of legislative priorities for the Department of Education recommends keeping Gov. Rick Scott’s veto of $4.8 million that would have gone to television and radio public broadcasting in this year’s budget. This veto was an unexpected blow to an industry that had anticipated a cut, but not elimination, in funding. A document reviewed by the State Board of Education at a budget workshop on Tuesday shows the Department of Education doesn’t plan to ask for a restoration of those funds, citing that it had been vetoed by Scott. Public broadcasting money is overseen by the Department of Education. The budget wish list did not address whether or not it would recommend $2.8 million left intact by Scott that went to WFSU. A good portion of that money funds Florida Channel, which broadcasts state-related meetings and legislative events.

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