RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Gov. Bob McDonnell is leading another Republican effort to end state funding for public television and radio in Virginia.
His budget recommendation to cut state support from public broadcasting stations continues a long-running GOP bid to defund what many Republicans feel is a liberal tilt to public programming.
Funding was reduced earlier this year but not eliminated.
The cuts are among budget amendments McDonnell presents legislators Friday to the two-year, $77.7 billion state budget. He would cut $2 million from public broadcasting in next year's budget and $4 million the fiscal year after that.
Other cuts include $24 million in bond savings from record-low interest rates and $3.5 million from doing more managed care under Medicaid. He also targets savings at the departments of Social Services, Health and Conservation and Recreation.
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