Pubcasters facing funding cut

President Clinton’s new budget set for release Monday will propose a 4% cut in federal funding to public broadcasting beginning in fiscal year 1997, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

The cut would translate into a loss of $ 13 million from the $ 312 million budgeted for the Corp. for Public Broadcasting in fiscal year 1996.

David Brugger, president of the Assn. of America’s Public TV Stations, called the proposed cuts “disappointing, because it tells us (the White House) is still not aware of all we do.”

Brugger said the administration proposed similar cuts last year but that Congress rejected the idea.

Pubcasters are asking lawmakers to allocate $ 345 million for 1997.

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