Obama playing fast and loose with your taxpayer money. Hay looking for a job? Wonder where your taxpayer money is going? Well Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), just got a $460 million cash advance. Did you vote for this????
Does the U.S. Taxpayer in this Country subsidize Soros and his network NPR?
February 2, 2010
CPB Responds to Administration's Proposed FY 2011 Budget
Today, the President submitted his Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 budget to Congress. For the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), the President is requesting:
a $460 million advance appropriation for CPB in FY 2013, a $15 million, or 3.37 percent, increase over the FY 2012 level; and
$36 million (FY 2011) for CPB Digital, which helps local public television and radio stations expand their community service in the digital age, the same amount as was appropriated in FY 2010.
However, the President also proposes:
to zero out Ready To Learn, a Department of Education program that uses the power of public broadcasting's children's programming to help low-income kids learn to read (funded at $27.3 million in FY 2010);
to zero out Ready To Teach, a Department of Education partnership with public television stations that funds the development of digital educational services aimed at enhancing teacher performance so that teachers can raise student achievement (funded at $10.7 million in FY 2010);
to zero out the Public Telecommunications Facilities Program (PTFP) at the Department of Commerce, the primary source for telecommunications infrastructure assistance for public radio and television stations, particularly in under-served rural areas (funded at $20 million in FY 2010); and
to zero out the Department of Agriculture's rural digital program, which helps rural public television stations expand their digital broadcasting services (funded at $4.5 million in FY 2010).
For CPB programs, the requests amount to a $35 million, or 6.59 percent, cut from comparable levels during last year's cycle, though this is mostly attributable to the fact that neither the Administration nor CPB is requesting funding for two items - radio interconnection and station fiscal stabilization grants - that received appropriations in FY 2010. Across all public broadcasting programs, the requested levels represent a $97.5 million, or 16.43 percent, cut from last year's levels.
We are grateful to the Administration for acknowledging the vital service public broadcasting provides to the American people by providing for a two-year advance appropriation - a $15 million increase over FY 2012 - a mechanism that affords public broadcasters a measure of certainty in their business planning and serves as an important firewall ensuring editorial independence in programming decisions. We also appreciate the Administration's support for an expanded CPB digital program, which helps local public television and radio stations expand their community service in the digital age.
However, while we realize that the President had to make many difficult decisions in allocating resources given the economic situation facing our country, we are concerned about some of the cuts contained in the budget. Specifically, the Administration does not recommend separate funding for Ready To Learn (RTL), a Department of Education program with an almost 20 year track record of proven results in using public television's educational programming to teach low-income kids learn to read. The President also proposes to "zero out" the Public Telecommunications Facilities Program (PTFP), a critical infrastructure program within the Department of Commerce targeted to meet the unique needs of local public television and radio stations; the Department of Education's Ready To Teach program, a partnership with public television stations that funds the development of digital educational services aimed at enhancing teacher performance so that teachers can raise student achievement; and the Department of Agriculture's Rural Digital program, which helps rural public television stations to expand their digital reach.
Fortunately, this is the beginning rather than the end of the process. As the appropriations process moves forward, we will work closely with our partners at the Public Broadcasting Service, National Public Radio and the Association of Public Television Stations, as well as Congress and the Administration, to make our case for restoring funding for the programs targeted for elimination, particularly station-oriented programs like PTFP and RTL. Only by doing so will public service media be able to continue, and enhance, the valuable programming and services we provide to communities across our country.
President and CEO