Indiana station gets legislative support

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Lakeshore Public Television in Merrillville, Ind., struggling under state budget cuts, is getting a boost from Indiana Senate Democrats. They’ve put the station on their priority list of “Top Ten Things That Need to Change in the Budget,” according to The Post-Tribune of Northwest Indiana. The station was “blindsided,” as the paper said, by the $110,000 funding cut. It reduced its staff by 10 percent, leaving four vacant positions unfilled and laying off six people. “It’s one thing to say from the outset ‘this is what you’re going to be getting,'” said Thomas Carroll, station CEO. “But the state told us we could expect that money, and we budgeted accordingly. Then they withheld it.”