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Lawmakers say constituents are telling them to support Idaho Public TV, not cut funds

Lawmakers say they’ve been deluged with calls and emails asking them not to cut out state funding for Idaho Public Television. “There’s a lot of support out there, but we have to weigh it against the other needs and wants of the state,” said Sen. Bert Brackett, R-Rogerson. Said Sen. Joyce Broadsword, R-Sagle, “Nobody wants us to eliminate funding for public television.” Sen. Shawn Keough, R-Sandpoint, said her constituents have been asking her “not to cut it - to find someplace else to cut.” Said Sen. Jim Hammond, R-Post Falls, “The only emails I’m getting from my constituents are in support of public TV.”

Rep. Shirley Ringo, D-Moscow, said, “I think we’ve all gotten hundreds of messages to support public TV.” Said Rep. Wendy Jaquet, D-Ketchum, said, “It’s pretty hard to go home and tell someone that your grandbaby isn’t going to be able to watch Sesame Street any more - maybe if you move to Boise. I don’t think the committee will have the stomach to do that.”

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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