The House Administration Subcommittee closed out their budget recommendations. Rep. Gattis (R., Wassilla), proposed zero funding for public radio, public TV and the Alaska Public Broadcasting Commission- total elimination of funding in FY17. This would mean no State funds for public radio or public TV, including KYUK, and elimination of the ARCS system. In this time of fiscal crisis, there are some legislators who view public broadcasting as a non-essential service and therefore not worthy of State funding during this budget crisis. Attempts were made to zero out our State funding last year and that effort continues anew this year.
KYUK broadcasts 640 AM, 90.3 FM, digial TV Channel 15 (15.1, 15.2, 15.3, 15.4), and analog TV Channel 21 (ARCS). Photo by Dean Swope.
The Subcommittee’s recommendation is now before the full House Finance Committee for consideration as HB256.
It’s critically important all House Finance Committee members and all House Majority members hear from supporters of public broadcasting as soon as possible over the next few days to let them know how important public broadcasting is to you and to our rural communities.
If you can, over the next few days please call House Finance Committee member and House Majority members to thoughtfully and politely express your concerns about a complete elimination of State support for public broadcasting. If you have time to call all of them, that would be great. If you only can call a handful or two or three that will also be very helpful. Calls are preferred but email is also an option.
Below are talking points for you to use if you want to do so and a list of House Finance Committee members and House Majority members with toll free phone numbers and the email address for the full House Finance Committee if you would rather send an email.
• Appreciate the difficult financial circumstances and decisions facing the legislature and thank them for their service to the state.
• A 100% cut will cause serious and permanent financial harm to KYUK and system wide.
Discuss impact to stations:
• Loss of all State funding will put KYUK and other stations at risk of losing federal matching grant funds. That would shut down KYUK and at least 9 other stations if it happened.
• Layoffs and corresponding loss of local services:
*Essential daily local, regional, state news and information.
*Essential local/community health, public safety, emergency information.
*Commercial broadcasters will not replace what KYUK does.
• The Internet is not local.
• Inability to recoup lost revenue through community resources alone.
• Inability to pay for satellite interconnection, APRN, NPR and other programs.
• A loss of this size will lead to a collapse of the entire public broadcasting system as stations become unable to sustain themselves without State support.
• Ask them if they support the proposed 100% cut.
• Be polite, respectful, direct and keep emotions in check and thank them for their time and service to the State.
301 Willow Street Bethel, AK
Toll-Free: 855-543-3541; Phone 907-543-3541
Rep. Bob Herron
State Capitol Room 406 Juneau AK, 99801
Toll-Free: 800-323-4942; Phone: 907-465-4942
Sen. Lyman Hoffman
State Capitol Room 508
Juneau AK, 99801
Toll-Free: 866-465-4453; Phone: 907-465-4453
House Finance Committee Members:
Rep. Mark Neuman
State Capitol Room 505 Juneau AK, 99801
Toll-Free: 800-505-2678; Phone: 907-465-2679
Rep. Steve Thompson
State Capitol Room 515 Juneau AK, 99801
Toll-Free: 877-465-3004; Phone: 907-465-3004
Rep. Dan Saddler
State Capitol Room 513 Juneau AK, 99801
Toll-Free: 877-460-3783; Phone: 907-465-3783
Rep. Bryce Edgmon
State Capitol Room 410 Juneau AK, 99801
Toll-Free: 800-898-4451; Phone: 907-465-4451
Rep. Lynn Gattis
State Capitol Room 500 Juneau AK, 99801
Toll-Free: 800-782-4833; Phone: 907-465-4833
Rep. Cathy Muñoz
State Capitol Room 501 Juneau AK, 99801
Toll-Free: 800-968-6744; Phone: 907-465-3744
Rep. Lance Pruitt
State Capitol Room 421 Juneau AK, 99801
Toll-Free: 888-478-3438; Phone: 907-465-3438
Rep. Tammie Wilson
State Capitol Room 412 Juneau AK, 99801-1185
Toll-Free: 800-860-4797; Phone: 907-465-4797
Rep. Les Gara
State Capitol Room 400 Juneau AK, 99801
Toll-Free: 888-465-2647; Phone: 907-465-2647
Rep. David Guttenberg
State Capitol Room 415 Juneau AK, 99801
Toll-Free: 800-928-4457; Phone: 907-465-4457
Rep. Scott Kawasaki
State Capitol Room 418 Juneau AK, 99801
Toll-Free: 866-465-3466; Phone: 465-3466
Rep. Mike Hawker
State Capitol Room 502 Juneau AK, 99801
Toll-Free: 800-478-4950; Phone: 907-465-4949
*Gara, Guttenberg, and Kawasaki are not House Majority Members but they still need to hear from us.
Other House Majority Members:
Rep. Chenault Toll Free: 800-469-3779 House Speaker
Rep. Millet Toll Free: 888-269-3879
Rep. Foster Toll Free: 800-478-3789
Rep. Olson Toll Free: 800-463-2693
Rep. Stutes Toll Free: 800-865-2487
Rep. Talerico Toll Free: 800.491.4527
Rep. Colver Toll Free: 888-465-4859
Rep. Johnson Toll Free: 866-465-4993
Rep. Tilton Toll Free: 800.342.2199
Rep. Lynn Toll Free: 800-870-4931
Rep. Seaton Toll Free: 800-665-2689
Rep. Wilson Toll Free: 800-860-4797
Rep. Nageak Toll Free: 888-288-3473
Rep. LeDoux Toll Free: 800-689-4998
Rep. Keller Toll Free: 800-468-2186
Rep. Hughes Toll Free: 800-565-3743
Rep. Herron Toll Free: 800-323-4942
Rep. Vazquez Toll Free: 866.465.3892
Written testimony email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you again for your support for KYUK and public broadcasting and for taking the time to express your support to legislators.