Find out information regarding State and Federal funding below. Also, make sure to sign up the Protect My Public Media action network so you can receive updates about public media funding. Your voice matters!

State Funding Update – September 2017

  • Governor Scott’s state budget for FY ’18 approved continued state funding for Florida public television and radio stations.
  • State funding for public media in Florida for FY ’18 will remain level with the previous year’s budget – this means funding will match the amount received in FY’ 17. This is great news for Florida public broadcasting stations!

Federal Funding Update – September 2017

  • On Tuesday, May 23, 2017, the Trump administration released its full 2018 budget, which recommend eliminating vital federal seed funding for public radio and TV stations across the country.
  • Both the House and Senate passed a short-term funding mechanism called a continuing resolution (CR), which will keep the government – and all public broadcasting programs – funded at the same level through December 8, 2017. Even with the approval of the short-term CR, the Senate and House are continuing their work to adopt funding levels for the federal government before the temporary measure expires in December.
  • The Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS-Ed) Bill was approved by the Subcommittee and full Appropriations Committee, and it included full funding for all public broadcasting accounts:
    · $445 million for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) in FY 2020
    · $27.7 million for Ready To Learn
    · $20 million for an Interconnection and Infrastructure program
  • The House passed the “omnibus” consolidated appropriations bill, which included full funding for CPB and Ready To Learn. No funding for Interconnection was provided.
  • The Senate’s recommendations put public media funding in a good position moving toward the end of the year and the end of the continuing resolution. We will continue to monitor the process and update you as we learn more.
  • Congress holds the key to public media’s future. We’ll alert you if funding is threatened and tell you how you can take action.
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