Say 'No' to Zero in the President's Budget!
The President's full budget proposal to Congress for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018, which begins in less than five months, like the "skinny budget" issued in mid-March, proposes to eliminate public media funding.
Federal funding enables WCTE and our partner stations in Tennessee to provide ALL Tennesseans with high-quality educational, news, local, and cultural programming and emergency and community-based services for free.
Please contact your elected officials and stress the importance of their support of public broadcasting funding in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Bill. This link will guide you through the steps and only take a few minutes: protectmypublicmedia.org.
We are specifically asking our legislators to support funding for:
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which supports the local public service work of my public television and radio stations;
The Ready To Learn program, which provides funding for highly-researched children’s educational content that has been proven to close the achievement gap;
And public media’s interconnection infrastructure program, which serves as the backbone of our nation’s emergency alert system; maintains the connection between our local public broadcasting stations and other stations throughout the country; and maximizes the programming and services available to our community.
The federal investment in public media amounts to $1.35 per American per year and represents .01% of the federal budget. Eliminating funding would have a negligible impact on our nation’s debt but a devastating effect on our community.
Without federal funding, local stations could be forced off air or cut essential programming and services Americans count on. Cutting funding could lead to the loss of emergency notifications and AMBER alerts; broadcast services; cutting-edge educational noncommercial children’s content; local public affairs and news programming, innovative classroom resources; rich, local culture and music genres; and professional development and workforce training for teachers, caregivers, veterans, and other job seekers.
These essential services are too valuable to lose.
As a constituent who highly values the programming and services I strongly urge you to contact elected officials and request they support funding for public media in the FY 2018 Appropriations process.