Statement from Susan C. Hogan, chairwoman of The Friends of WV Public Broadcasting, regarding passage of the Senate budget bill from the Senate Finance Committee:
“The move today by the Senate Finance Committee to pass out a budget bill that removes all public funding from West Virginia Public Broadcasting runs counter to the discussions that we have had with Senators during this session. We understand the state’s need to save money, and we are willing to do our part, but if this bill becomes law, West Virginia Public Broadcasting will be forced to shut down and will become the only state in the country to lose its public broadcasting system.
The Governor heard our calls and fully restored funding for West Virginia Public Broadcasting in his budget adjustment letter. Now we are asking our friends to call their Senator and tell them to amend the Senate Budget with full funding for public broadcasting or to vote against it.”