Urgent message regarding WHRO state funding
WHRO needs your help. The need is critical, and it’s urgent. I’m referring to Governor Bob McDonnell’s proposed budget amendments to phase out all state funding for public television and radio over the next four years, beginning July 1, 2010.
Under these amendments, over the coming two-year budget cycle, Virginia’s public broadcasters will lose over $2.2 million – funding that provides on-air and on-line instructional programming, as requested and used by teachers in the classroom all over the Commonwealth. All funding would be terminated in the subsequent two years.
The governor’s amendments would also implement a four-year phase-out of all state funding to support public broadcasting’s programming in the arts, cultural matters and public affairs. Statewide, the reduced funding in this category totals $592,835 beginning in 2011, with total elimination scheduled over the following two years.
This is NOT a question of saving Big Bird. The on-air general viewing programs are funded by our members/donors. This is a question of maintaining the educational services that public broadcasting stations provide to the schools, educators and students of Hampton Roads. The funds allocated to public broadcasters like WHRO in Virginia budget's are used to provide direct support to public education in Virginia...NOT to fund general viewing programs, as too many assume.
It is critically important that the Hampton Roads legislators hear from their constituents, and to that end, we’re asking you to email or call your legislators within the next 48 hours, urging them to restore funding to public broadcasting to the level recommended by the Conference Committee and approved by the House and Senate...and continue to give the public school teachers in Virginia valuable tools for the classroom.
The Virginia General Assembly will vote on the governor’s amendments during the scheduled re-convene session on Wednesday, April 21. I can’t stress more emphatically the influence your voices have on the General Assembly. Please let them hear from you within the next 48 hours, and please share this message with your friends who value what we provide to education in Hampton Roads.
Below are the phone numbers and email addresses of every member of the Hampton Roads delegation. If you’re not sure who your delegate is, you can visit the “who’s my legislator” page of the Virginia General Assembly website, at http://conview.state.va.us/whosmy.nsf/main?openform.
As always, thanks for your support.
House of Delegates
Senate of Virginia
to email a member of the Senate, use firstname.lastname@example.org
|Blevins, Harry B.
|Locke, Mamie E.
|Lucas, L. Louise
|McWaters, Jeffrey L.
|Miller, John C.
|Miller, Yvonne B.
|Norment, Thomas K., Jr.
|Northam, Ralph S.
|Quayle, Frederick M.
|Wagner, Frank W.
Thanks to all of you for your efforts!