Maryland Senate Approves Extra Funding for Public TV if Trump Cuts Aid

BALTIMORE—Following the release of President Trump’s budget proposal last week, the Maryland Senate approved a bill last Thursday 47-0 that would support Maryland Public Television in the event Congress moves forward on the proposal to cut funding to the Corporation of Public Broadcasting.

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The bill, SB1034, would mandate that the Maryland administration fill any shortfalls in grants from the CPB and provide additional state funds when general fund revenues grow. In addition, $500,000 would be provided annually to televise and live stream deliberations of the House and Senate chambers during the last two weeks of each session.

“The bill ensures that Marylanders would not lose their MPT service no matter what happens in Washington, D.C.,” said Larry Unger, president and CEO of Maryland Public Television.

The bill now moves to the House of Delegates for a vote.

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