The President’s FY 18 budget proposes eliminating federal funding for public media. Mountain Lake PBS relies on this essential federal seed money to provide you with the highest quality noncommercial programming and community services.
PBS and all of it’s nearly 350 member stations, along with our viewers, continue to remind Congress of our strong support among Republican and Democratic voters, in rural and urban areas across every region of the country. We have always had support from both parties in Congress, and will again make clear what the public receives in return for federal funding for public broadcasting. The cost of public broadcasting is small, only $1.35 per citizen per year, and the benefits are tangible:
- increasing school readiness for kids 2-8,
- support for teachers and homeschoolers,
- lifelong learning,
- public safety communications, and
- civil discourse.
Two new national surveys — one by Rasmussen Reports (subscribers) and another conducted jointly by leading Republican and Democratic researchers for PBS — reveal that voters across the political spectrum overwhelmingly oppose eliminating federal funding for public television. Rasmussen shows that just 21% of Americans – and only 32% of Republicans –favor ending public broadcasting support. In the PBS Hart Research-American Viewpoint poll, 83% of voters – including 70% of those who voted for President Trump – say they want Congress to find savings elsewhere.
If Mountain Lake PBS has educated, informed or inspired you and your family, please sign Protect My Public Media’s petition urging Congress to continue to fund public media at protectmypublicmedia.org
Mountain Lake PBS is a proud partner of Protect My Public Media, a collaboration of local public radio and television stations, national distributors, producers, viewers, listeners and others who support a strong public media in the United States. The campaign is an effective tool to protect future federal funding for public media. Find out more about the campaign at www.protectmypublicmedia.org.