Maine governor Paul LePage (R) has proposed zeroing out $2 million in state funding for the Maine Public Broadcasting Network, reports Current Public Media.
If passed, Maine would be the second state to privatize public media (an oxymoron if we’ve ever heard one), following New Jersey last year.
MPBN officials were “shocked” by the proposal. “My focus right now, my total energy, is on making sure we don’t lose that money,” Jim Dowe, MPBN president, told the Portland Press Herald.
According to the network’s annual report, state contributions account for about 1/6 of the network’s annual budget, or about half of what members kick in.