Public television’s spring fundraising rolled out in a heated high-stakes environment for clearly communicating a case for support.
In fiscal year 2017, the state provided $8.2 million of Maryland Public Television’s $31.5 million budget.
A Republican lawmaker accused CPB having an “agenda” by supporting three films.
Seventeen House Republicans are among 166 members of Congress advocating for CPB’s appropriation.
“Ending federal support for the NEA, NEH, or CPB would be a radical, unprecedented action,” the letter said.
Board members called Howard Husock an “embarrassment.”
The board also approved a $323.9 million budget proposal for FY18 with no member dues increase.
The appearance was Pat Harrison’s first before the House subcommittee in 10 years.
Pat Harrison visited the Hill to explain why public media deserves federal support.