The House Administration Subcommittee has 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 means no State funds for public radio and 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. Attempts were made to zero out our State funding last year and that effort continues anew this year.
The Full House Finance Committee is now considering HB 256, their operating budget legislation. It’s critically important that all House Finance Committee members and all House Majority members hear from supporters of public broadcasting as soon as possible this week 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 calmly 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, keep emotions in check and thank them for their time.
House Finance Committee:
Co-Chair Mark Neuman 800-505-2678
Co-Chair Steve Thompson 877-465-3004
Vice Chair Dan Saddler 877-460-3783
Rep. Bryce Edgmon 800-898-4451
Rep. Lynn Gattis 800-782-4833
Rep. Cathy Munoz 800-968-6744
Rep. Lance Pruitt 888-478-3438
Rep. Les Gara* 888-465-2647
Rep. David Guttenberg* 800-928-4457
Rep. Scott Kawasaki* 866-465-3466
Rep. Mike Hawker (alternate) 800-478-4950
*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
Public testimony is being taken across the state this week. Use this email address: email@example.com to send written testimony that will be sent to all House Finance Committee members at once.
Thank you again for your support for KYUK and public broadcasting and for taking the time to express your support to legislators.
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