Federal Funding Update

Monday, Feb. 21, 2011

Dear Friends,

As you may be aware, on Saturday the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1, which, among its cuts to the current year’s budget, eliminates federal funding for public broadcasting.

On behalf of the more than 1 million people who use KET services each week, I want to extend my sincere thanks and gratitude to all who contacted members of Congress and made their voices heard on this important issue. Our leaders greatly value the input they receive from their constituents.

H.R. 1 now moves on to the Senate, and debate will continue in the coming days and weeks. If you have not already done so, I encourage you to contact Senator McConnell and Senator Paul (viewers from other states click here), to let them know where you stand on federal funding for public broadcasting.

This elimination of funding will cut the federal deficit by less than 3 ten-thousandths of one percent, but it will dramatically alter KET’s service.

Federal funding for public broadcasting makes possible:

• Early childhood education programs like Sesame Street

• Innovative, efficient, and effective learning resources for students and teachers

• Unique local programs such as Kentucky Life, Comment on Kentucky, and Jubilee

• National programs from PBS, including Nova and Frontline

As Congress continues its debate, we urge you to continue letting your Representatives and Senators know what you think.

Thank you again for your continued support.

Shae Hopkins
KET Executive Director

7 Responses to “Federal Funding Update”

  1. Eric Stotts says:

    Keep up the good work in getting the word out to everyone to contact their Senators to veto NO on H.R. 1.
    The funding amount you states above is the amount needed to broadcast KET in Kentucky or in all states?
    Thank you,

    City/County: Louisville

  2. John Street says:

    Dear KET,
    I love the programming, well most of it, on KET. However, I can understand that tax payer funded radio and TV is not a good use of taxpayer money – especially in these lean times.

    City/County: Boyd

  3. Teruji Sakai says:

    I do not think our Tax money should be used to fund public broadcasting.
    It should be funded by Donations. I say yes to H.B.1 and contacted my Senators to vote yes on H.R. 1. as well.

    Thank you for your time

    City/County: Louisville / Jefferson

  4. peggy schoenhoff says:

    My husband and I are definitely in favor or public funding for public broadcasting, both tv and radio. The high-quality programs presented on these stations are unique, and would be sorely missed if we did not have them. We are contributors to both, but contributions alone are not sufficient, and should not be the sole support of these stations. If anything, there should be more tax support of these stations to continue a voice that is not influenced by corporate interests.

    City/County: louisville/jefferson

  5. Michele Guthrie says:

    I support continued federal funding for public broadcasting. It is such a valuable resource for schools, teachers, students and families. These resources are especially vital during a time when other funding for education is being cut. Please support public broadcasting – truly the open-minded, independent voice of truth in journalism.

    City/County: CAMPBELLSBURG

  6. Tiffany Truitt says:

    How do you go about voting on this issue? I am a firm believer that we need to keep KET on the air. As the mother of an almost 2 and almost 4 year old I can say with assurance that if KET gets canceled there will be pretty much nothing left on TV for my kids to watch. Most other shows, though labeled for their ages, carry a lot of things that I don’t think are anywhere near age-appropriate. KET is the only channel that I can let my kids watch without having to censor every show for stuff that they don’t need to see or hear about. It is the only channel that plays shows that cater specifically to their age groups, as well as teaching them things they need for school and life. I would really like to vote on this issue if someone will let me know how to go about it. Thank you.

    City/County: London (Laurel)

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