public television

House and Senate negotiators also preserved a state grant of $600,000 for Kansas public TV and radio stations. The money is the same amount allotted in the current year, but down from the $3.8 million dollars the state provided as recently as 2008. The funding bill for the upcoming fiscal year now goes to the full House and Senate. The state provides about 1 percent of funding for public broadcasting stations in Kansas City and Lawrence. KMUW receives a small portion of its budget from the...

Supporters of public broadcasting are concerned this could be the year that state funding for public radio and broadcast stations ends in Kansas. Gov. Sam Brownback's budget recommendation for the next fiscal year includes $600,000 for public broadcasting, down from $3.8 million in 2008. But some lawmakers consider public broadcasting a target for further cuts at a time when the state budget is stretched to cover such things as public schools and social services, The Kansas City Star reported...