Funding for Public Broadcasting Scrutinized

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is proposing a big cut in state funding for public radio and TV stations, but he also appears to have abandoned a previous effort to eliminate the funding altogether.

Brownback told The Associated Press on Thursday that he tried to draft budget proposals for the next two fiscal years that can pass the Legislature. He added that his administration, in his words, “has a lot of irons in the fire.”

Brownback is proposing $600,000 in funding for public TV and radio in each of the next two fiscal years, down 42 percent from the current figure of slightly more than $1 million a year. The next fiscal year begins July 1.

Two years ago, Brownback sought to end all funding for public broadcasting.