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AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage’s finance commissioner presented lawmakers with an additional supplemental budget for state government that further cuts spending but also includes tax breaks for certain businesses, retirees and members of military. The budget, presented by Sawin Millett on Tuesday, would slash general… Read More
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  • Anonymous

    Why are we happy supporting this pink source anyway? It’s another democratic boondoggle.  Yes, there are some nice programs but they are always liberal, Israeli supporting items on the news. Even if it were a reliable source of well balanced content I don’t think it is the government’s position to be paying for this sort of programming. They advertise without calling ads, spread biased news pieces, only partially cover stories and editorialize by only telling part of the stories that they portray to cover. Yes, there is music between items on NPR, but that only lulls back into believability-land. This is aggressive coverage donned in a sheep’s skin – and we’ve been paying the stupid bill to get biased coverage. Kind of dumb.

    • Anonymous

      Describe the last news story or program you listened to, not including Car Talk, on MPBN. 

      • Anonymous

        wait, wait don’t tell me?

        ;)

  • Anonymous

    I was under the impression that MPBN was a PUBLIC broadcaster – and I believe it is the only statewide broadcast solution available to all.  Is 1.7M really the dealbreaker, or is it that the Govenor and MHPC can’t stand the fact that they look at all sides of issues.  I will seriously reconsider my vote this fall for any of my representatives that support this witch hunt.

    •  I guess that $1,700,000 is not much money to you and that is the problem.  People like you do not get budgeting, spending or how to manage your assets. 

      • Anonymous

         and I guess you want children watching Sesame Street and other MPBN programs to have to watch companies try to sell them things.

        and I don’t think the LePage administration understands budgeting either, or they wouldn’t have cut taxes.  If I have trouble paying bills, I don’t ask my employer to pay me less.

        • Anonymous

           Do you ask for a raise when receipts are Down and department cutbacks are required for the business to survive?
          Thank you for your 2 week notice.

          • Anonymous

            No, I don’t ask for a raise- and I am against raising taxes, but we shouldn’t lower taxes.  Again- I don’t ask to get paid less money when I have trouble paying bills.

            I can accept cutbacks- but fewer cutbacks would be required if we didn’t reduce the amount of money coming in. And I fail to see what MPBN has to do with unsustainable welfare spending. If that’s the problem- then deal with that.

          • Anonymous

            Repeal or delay the millionaire’s estate tax cut and repeal or delay the income tax cut for millionaires is a start or are those tax cuts more important than the needs of poor people. 
            The SPECIAL TAX GIMMICKS need to be abolished. LePage needs to go. All problems solved.

          • Anonymous

            Why don’t we end Welfare for those who refuse to work here in Maine. We need tax cuts to spur not only economic growth , but prosperity. We want more of our money its ours not yours.

          • Anonymous

            “ending welfare for those who refuse to work”….Agreed, as long as they are able to work. The problem with your side is that you see someone you THINK is able to work by just looking at them, but don’t realize that mental illness or lack of smarts or skills or criminal record or some other NONobvious disability, might be the reason they get welfare. Some can’t help the situation they are in, some made bad choices. WE can help these people out or we can see crime rates and the resulting increases in police, courts, and jail costs, not to mention damage/theft of property or injury to their victims. Desperate people do desperate things. Home invasion crimes are already increasing in Maine.

            Tax cuts have been proven over and over again NOT to spur economic growth. It’s a fantasy your side likes to tell the fools. Trickle down has only spread prosperity to the top 10%. The rest of us count too.

            Greedy people want more and more money, and fools think roads, the military, the police, fire protection, EPA, FCC, FDA, and all the hundreds of government NEEDED functions, shouldn’t cost us anything to enjoy and protect us.

        • Anonymous

          What is so good about MPBN other than the High School Basketball, Austin City Limits and Soundstage.  The programming is junk not worth spending the 1.7 million bucks on.  You can put that towards paving a couple of roads that in desperate need of paving.  I could see if it was useful but Big Bird , Bert and Ernie, Barney is a thing of the past.  With channels that are on air now like  The Hub,  Discovery Kids network, Nick Jr and Disney Jr coming next week you can give kids a decent alternative to PBS Kids .  While not  wasting our tax dollars on it.  The Basketball tournaments could always be sent  back to WABI , WGME, and WLBZ/WCSH TV.   It is time to cut this wasteful tv channel that most Mainers don’t watch.

          •  “With channels that are on air now like  The Hub,  Discovery Kids network, Nick Jr”… let me ask you something… do you know what ‘on the air’ means????  None of those programs are on the air.. they are on the cable.   Cable TV.. you know.. that stuff that costs $100 a month that not everyone with kids can afford or even has access too.   MPBN’s services ARE on the air.  Broadcast TV doesn’t require an expensive cable connection to get the news and decent programing for your kids. 

          • jimbobhol

            Canada
            In 2003, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) rejected a Canadian Cable Telecommunications Association (CCTA) application to bring Fox News to Canada because Fox News U.S. and Global Television were planning to create Fox News Canada, a combination of U.S. and Canadian news. However in 2004, after a Fox U.S. executive said there were no plans to create the combined channel, the CRTC approved an application to bring Fox News to Canada.
            Fox News Channel is currently offered by Access Communications, Bell TV, Cogeco, Eastlink, Manitoba Telecom Services, Rogers, SaskTel, Shaw Cable, Shaw Direct and Telus TV. A notable exception is Vidéotron, Canada’s third largest cable company, which has not added Fox News Channel to its lineup.

          • They won’t let Faux Shat broadcast in Canada because of the veracity of their news (they lie) maybe you’ve seen the mess they are in in England.  I no longer read WSJ either, another Murdoch rag.  Roger Ailes even says you will believe anything they tell you, doesn’t say much for what he thinks about his viewer’s intelligence but then he is righ on the money.

          • Anonymous

            You got served on that little false propaganda didn’t you?

          • Anonymous

            Well for once I agree with darkcat about something. We both like Austin City Limits, but I do wish MPBN would put it on at a little different time.

          • Anonymous

            I agree both Austin City Limits and Soundstage both great music programs should be on earlier but more often as well.

          • Anonymous

             I completely disagree…Sesame street is not a thing of the past.  It is quality, commercial free educational TV and my daughter LOVES it!  We do not want her watching most of the crap that’s on TV, so MPBN is a must for us.  And we can’t afford cable, so all those programs you mention are not ‘on the air’ for us.  It would really be a shame to cut a great source of children’s programming and commercial free news. 

          • Briney

            Obviously you don’t watch it.  Like Le Page and other Koch Brothers devotees, you believe you have a right to censor people’s right to view something outside of the  normal junkyard TV.   

            Millions of kids are fans of those children’s programs you looked up.  Thousands more adults find high quality shows that obviously do not compare with your favorites like Limbaugh, Hannity and O’Reilly.  

            What a hell of world it would be if we had to accept only what you and your associates in the radical wing corner decreed acceptable.   We already have a Maine Censor of Artwork in Le Page.  His removal of a mural because of its vivid historical depiction  of Maine workers, frightens and dismays those of us who believe in freedom of expression.  

            In the 30s there was a large European country that had one radio.  It was the only radio you were permitted to listen to, even though some people faced firing squad if caught listening to the BBC.   Books were burned and art work confiscated.   

          • Anonymous

            You stay focused on the Koch brothers connection while completely ignoring the big names behind your political groups.
            Why are your rich people somehow more justified when it comes to making political contributions that ours?
            Is this another example of your selective free speech issues?

          • Briney

            It isn’t just money with Koch.  They want total control of the country as they push for a Plutocracy.  They already exert total control over the voting rights of their employees.  Their memorandums to workers advocate whom the employee should vote for.  

          • Anonymous

            It isn’t just money with your big string pullers either and if you think it is you’re only fooling yourself.  As for telling people who to vote for your Unions have been doing much more than that for a few decades now.  As a matter of fact they’ve been taking workers money and putting it towards candidates.  I don’t remember you ever complaining about that practice then.

          • Briney

            The Koch brothers are notorious for their  conspicuous   heavy – handed manipulation of elections.  Michigan Governor Scott Walker, currently facing recall, is one of their most brazen attempts of total control of government.  They succeeded  through Walker, in   abolishing  bargaining rights of service workers.  Koch helped create the tea party, which now controls all of the GOP and republican Congressional representatives.   Hence, three years of blocking the country’s business.   

          • Anonymous

            They are political donors.  They don’t control anything anymore than your Big names control Obama and his evil minions.
            Get a grip or we could start actually discussing Media Matters, George Souros, etc……. without even mentioning Big Union/Mafia Money.

          • Anonymous

            I only watch 3 programs on MPBN. The High School Basketball Tournaments and music programs Austin City Limits and Soundstage.  Other than that what does MPBN have a bunch junk,  Far Left Extremists junk. MPBN serves no purpose it’s a huge waste of taxpayers money. If people want to donate more money to it they can have more fundraisers but to take my tax money for something I don’t want cut it.

          • You are so special that all kids and other Mainers should give up the channel?  What does it cost you a year?  Not much, just another hating BSA.
            I’m not paying for you viagra either until you get an anal probe and a health exam to find out what’s wrong with your head, either one.

          • Briney

            You  declare it’s a waste of taxpayer’s money.  So that’s it?  You curse it even though it obviously it serves three of your favorite programs.    Because you don’t like the rest of the programming, which you never watch, you autocratically declare it to  “far left extremist junk.”

            As a devotee of radical right extremist crap, you are without any doubt a loyal follower of  Limbaugh, Hannity, O’Reilly,  Coulter, Perino, Cheney, Rove, Palin, Morris,  etc etc.  All meshed together with that radical right wing propagandist Rupert Murdoch and his fox network of lies. 

          • Guess education is foreign when the state gets a D in education, you must be so proud.  No wonder kids leave here ASAP and it is becoming a retirement state.

        • Anonymous

          Maybe commercial free but what about those long sponsored by messages. Those aren’t commercials for the shows. I think not.

        • LePlague doesn’t care about you or me, he cares about his owners.  His daughter is all set though in case you were wondering.

      • Anonymous

        It always amuses me when someone like you tries to frame someone you know nothing about with replies like this.  Just for your information I am a life long Maine resident who happened to work hard like most people, paid my bills on time, and put my kinds through school while having to dedicate nearly half our income for 7 years to do it.  Your crass response only serves to display your total ignorance of many of the residents here in the state.  I suppose you have no problem with the state spending $300k (and since the bill did not have a spending limit possibly more) on a private road, but feel that expenses  to assist MPBN – money dedicated to a proven asset in the development and education of all Maine citizens – is .  That said, it makes me wonder what your entitled4life handle represents.

        •  Isn’t MPBN the emergency broadcast station for the state? You know like with the weather warnings with that attention getting albeit annoying sound before and after announcements. Since they are the only broadcaster in Maine to cover all of Maine, the state still needs them for this service, they should just charge $1.7 million for it.

          • Anonymous

            You can have emergency broadcast on any channel but the Liberals think that it should be on this channel.  The local network stations (CBS, NBC, CW, Fox, MNTV, ABC) can do the same exact thing for less of a costs and not taking 1 cent of taxpayers dollars to do it.  The taxpayers need a break ending this useless channel is a start.  Just do like Fox did here in Maine when WPXT dropped the affiliation from 2001  to 2003 before WPFO, WFVX, WAGM-DT 8.1  have a national feed of the channel.

          • What you fail to realize is, the Emergency Broadcast System needs to cover the entire state and be on some form of media that is free. In other words, if you have a radio, you can get Maine Public Broadcasting. If I turn on my tv without cable I get 2 stations, MPBN and a Canadian station. Therefore if it weren’t for MPBN there would be no Emergency Broadcast in many rural parts of Maine.

      • Anonymous

        well said

      • Says you?  And you know that how?  How many properties do you own?  What a condescending Greedy One Percenter comment. 

    • Anonymous

      Republicans keep attacking education, which
      includes destroying MPBN.  People that think global warming is a hoax,
      evolution is a fraud,  and gays are going to hell definitely don’t want
      any serious scientists, educators, or historians filling them in on reality.

      • Anonymous

        AAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Anonymous

        Love the Governor!  Sprucy, MPBN is a propaganda machine for lefties.  If taxpayer dollars  were funding the Rush Limbaugh program, I am guessing you would have a problem with that.  Its time to cut the cord.

        • Anonymous

          MPBN can make it on our own, we don’t need no stinkin’ Republickan money.
          We have plenty of top one percenters to back us and our mission agenda.
          As long as they can deduct the donations and don’t get taxed more, we get the extra.

          So CUT SPENDING !

        • Truth ain’t Propaganda !

        •  Limbaugh is broadcast for free on Armed Forces radio. 75% of his current advertising is paid for by the Ad Council for public service spots. That means my tax dollars ARE going to fund that blowhard.

          • Anonymous

            He is broadcasting with our charging AFRTS so how exactly are you paying for him again?

          • Anonymous

            Armed Forces Radio is dumping El Fatso

          • They never check before they say something stupid, it is verbal diarhea, it just comes out and they can’;t stop it no matter how foolish they sound.

        • Briney

          Who could ever think of  comparing a jewel like MPBN to a hate – mongering propaganda merchant like Limbaugh?  Oh, but he’s a radical right wing tea party crusader.  Does that make his crassness  more acceptable?  Many republicans do not  appreciate his recent heartless attacks on a young woman, even if he is considered the head of the teapublican party.

          • gaily

            This young woman isn’t innocent either.  She presented herself as a 23 yr. old who is actually 30.  She IS an activist with an agenda.  I do not agree with what Rush said as I don’t agree with ANYONE who slanders women.  ANYONE INCLUDING COMEDIANS.  Being funny dosen’t give a license to say these horrible things.  I for one, have been taxed enough already. 
            MPBN does not have to be payed for by us taxpayers.  But we don’t always have a say as to where our money goes.

          • Briney

            Who finances Le Page’s radio show?  

            Just because she’s an activist, doesn’t give Limbaugh and his crude Inquisition buddies  at Murdoch’s stations, the right to condemn her like she was a Heretic  

          • Anonymous

            They do have the right to oppose her views and if they so wish to speak out about her actions that they disagree with (promiscuity at our expense to be exact).  It’s called freedom of speech and I know you hate it when it doesn’t have your label on it like MPBN does.

          • WRONG! Reagan repealed the Fairness Doctrine in 1987 and voila, Faux Shat for the truly gullible.  It was in affect from 1949 til then but reagan did that and then repealed tariffs with china and india leading to our job loss.  It is the only fair news we get now.

          • You are right about the Fairness Doctrine!

            MPBN still follows it!
             
            Here is a good example of how they View BOTH sides of an Issue!
             
            http://www.mpbn.net/Television/LocalTelevisionPrograms/MaineWatch/tabid/477/ctl/ViewItem/mid/3470/ItemId/19708/Default.aspx
             
            Lepage and company HATES you to see the other side!

          • Anonymous

            You lie

          • Anonymous

            TAXES are the lowest in 60 years so give it a rest on the overtaxed bs.

        • LePage is a propaganda machine for rightwingnuts so what’s the diff.

        • They do, late to the party? 

      • Anonymous

         Hey Sprucy..go back to the Occupy Encampment in Sacramento. The reality is we all know your in the pockets of the union thugs and government workers who are stealing the seed corn from future generations.

        • Anonymous

          This is real relevant to the conversation. Just another opportunities for the right wing loonies to rant about things they don’t have the nerve to rant about without cover of anonimity, and to rant about things of which they, in fact, don’t have a clue.  

          • Briney

            Radical right wing radio and TV has successfully brainwashed millions in the Koch Brother tea party- initiated denunciation of  the poor and workers.  

          • gaily

            The Tea Party does NOT denounce the poor and workers.
            We ARE the poor and the workers!

          • Briney

            You mean to say that Koch Brothers, the prime organizers of this tea party folly, are interested in the poor and the working people of the United States?  They even issue mandates to  their factory workers  telling them whom they should vote for.

            Teapublicans have disemboweled the republican party and brought Congress to a halt.  Working people do not block Jobs bills.  Working people do not hold Congress hostage to continue huge tax breaks for oil companies and the rich, by threatening to discontinue unemployment benefits. 

            Poor people would like to have a health care plan that would enable them to get treatment for sicknesses they are unable to pay for.  Teapublicans do not approve.  Meanwhile,  Congressisonal representatives enjoy the best government – financed health care service the poor and working class can provide them.

          • Anonymous

            You obviously don’t know who we the tea party members are.  You would rather assume you know what we poor working people want.

          • Briney

            No. I was waiting for Romney, Gingrich, and Santorum to inform me.  Romney believes in pink slips.  Gingrich in toilet brushes for the poor black kids, and Santorum hasn’t quite figured it out.

          • Anonymous

            Considering that none of the mentioned candidates are the darlings of the tea party why would you expect any of them to know?
            The people who associate themselves with the tea party in this state are no richer than you may be and they have the same educational background and working man credentials.  
            The only difference between you and them is that they want less government while you can’t seem to get enough and they want a lower tax burden while you seem to want them to continue to pay for all of your free stuff.

          • Briney

            I love teapublicans and their know it all condescending attitude.  On this board they’re forever cursing people of liberal leanings,  assuming that all are on the receiving end of an unlimited supply of  government “free stuff.” 

            Far from being rich, we don’t receive handouts from anyone.   Have worked all my life like many of my friends and family.  We’ve never used food stamps.  We pay our taxes on time.  We’re not on dope.  Overall we consider ourselves extremely lucky.   Especially when we see so many being laid off, and having to get unemployment benefits and food stamps. 

            When I witnessed the tea party in Washington, D.C. waving signs denigrating the president of the United States, with many sporting the dreaded SS insignia of Hitler’s storm troopers, and that rotten  swastika, I, and so many of us were thoroughly ashamed and disgusted. 

            There is nothing in the tea party that I wish to be associated with.  We have absolutely nothing in common.

          • Anonymous

            Still spreading your silly photoshop lies about the tea party in hopes that you can convince some poor fool out there that are we are anything other than their next door neighbors.  We live amongst you and like it or not you know we aren’t any sort of Nazis.

          • Anonymous

             Santorum has already proven he hates 60% of the electorate.(women and gays)That will work well.

          • Anonymous

            You speak out about anonymity while using it for yourself?
            Funny!
            Looks like you don’t actually have a clue unless thebear76 is the handle mommy blessed you with.

        • Briney

          Are you implying that men and women working for wages possibly negotiated between management and union are “thugs?”   How do you get off calling working people “thugs?”  

          You sound like a stand-in for teapublican thug Limbaugh.  

        • go back to the barn Jethro. stay there till you get a clue.

      • Anonymous

        Must be hard to carry a brush that big and broad, no?  Attacking MPBN, as you call it, certainly isn’t an attack on education.  And I will increase my monthly donation to MPBN knowing more money can go to actual education.

        The governor is wrong to say MPBN should be funded by advertisers, tho…it’s public media, Governor.  Let it go.

    • Anonymous

      This is a standard play from the Republican play book – they’re trying to shut down public television and radio in advance of the next presidential election cycle.  The decision to cut MPBN’s funding has only to do with proving himself to the national party – it has nothing to do with Maine’s budget. Zip.

      • Anonymous

        GOP = incompetent abusers of power

        • Anonymous

          Wrong, TCFTR:  They’re quite competent abusers.

          • Anonymous

            They might know they are abusing their power, but based on what they’ve been doing, they appear incompetent as well.

        • Anonymous

           You’d prefer the Paul Violette’s and Dale McCormick’s of the world abusing the taxpayers of Maine I suppose.

          • Anonymous

            For every Paul Violette working the gravy train on their own behalf, there are 10 GOP leaders and legislators accepting bribes via campaign contributions to push for more tax breaks  and loopholes and less regulations for the rich so that they can line their pockets even more.

          • Anonymous

            You mean like Angus “wind bag” King who got hundreds of millions in government money for his useless wind energy scam?.  Or the Baldacci administration who sold the state liquor business to well connected Dem insiders for a song?  Those kind of insiders? 

          • Anonymous

            Angus didn’t get hundreds of millions in government money. Do you guys ever tell the truth? The GOP supported the sale of the state liquor business because as the GOP always says, private business can run a business better than the government! 

          • He doesn’t know what insider trading is, you are wasting your time and you’re right you know how those GOPigs love to privatize. 

          • Anonymous

             And they CAN run it better.  They’re making money hand over fist.  That was no reason for  Baldacci and company to GIVE it away to connected Dem insiders.  The pillaging of Maine by connected Dem’s has been going on for a long time.  It’s just now coming to light.  Violette, McCormick, etc., etc. ….tic toc.

          • Anonymous

            Virtually every Republican agreed to the deal and you are just lying about it when you say the sale was to DEM insiders. It was sold to the highest bidder. The GOP lies about everything!

        • Thats Not True!

          The GOP is “Very” Competant at Abuse!
           

          • Anonymous

            Please.  I can’t help myself.  Competent.

      • Anonymous

         Oh yes. The Evil Republicans have been so successful at shutting down the liberal mouthpiece that is PBS in recent elections…oh dear little 6 and a half pound bearded baby hay seuss…what the hell is wrong with you people?

        • Anonymous

          DonSalamanca – please tell us what is liberal about PBS?

          • Anonymous

            Please explain what isn’t.

          • Anonymous

            Have you ever watched or listened. Until I learn this information I can’t answer the question. 

          • Anonymous

            I’ve done more than that.  I’ve actually compared the stories to the ones on other news agencies.
            The big thing with all of them isn’t so much how they spin but the way they choose to talk about some issues and not others.  For instance on Fox you will hear about Eric Holder’s  Fast and Furious in detail but MPBN may not mention it more than a quick blip and move on.  While MPBN dwelt for the longest time on GITMO water boarding and the ethics of same, I’m not hearing anything from them on the ethics of a President who has given himself the power to execute Americans without a trial of any sort.  He simply declares them to be a threat and then dispatches a drone to kill them.  From MPBN it would seem that waterboarding foreign warriors is worse than murdering Americans who may or may not be working against this government overseas.

          • Anonymous

            So what makes it liberal. Just because you think it is or because Rush told you it is. 

          • Anonymous

            I don’t know if Rush has ever mentioned MPBN and as you know I just told you how I know it to be a liberal biased station.  It is by the things it chooses not to talk about as much as the things it does talk about.  Nothing negative about the Obama administration tends to be said there.

          • Fast & Furious, how is that BS going?  It’s not cause it was Faux Shat that you gobble without checking for lies.  Waterboarding is illegal but of course, you are a GOPig so that does not matter as long as you get yours and I assure you, you will in Novermber.  Count on it.  Why are you old fks so afraid of technology, rather have a democrats kid killed?  You know the GOP doesn’t go, would you like a list of who servef?  Those cowardly repukes aren’t on it, only the one honest, integrity of Colin Powell who quit the last dirtbags admin.  Too bad there weren’t more honorable men like him in that party, they are all gone, just Greedy One Percenters.

          • Anonymous

            Quite a rant but you don’t seem to have an intelligent argument to make on any one subject.  Let’s stick to the waterboarding vs. killing Americans without a trial issue.  How is sanctioned assassination of anyone the President chooses to assassinate better than waterboarding?  We can get on to what is wrong with allowing badf guys to buy over 2000 weapons and smuggle them to Mexico after we discuss that.  That is if you can manage to focus a bit.

          • He was a traitor and got what he deserved. Waterboarding is illegal and if either one of those repukes bush/dcheney go to VT they will be arrested. I couldn’t care less about your insults, loser boy. ;) You must have attended school here, the state with a D in education and you prove it.

          • He has no idea, he just votes party lines.  Lockstep for him, fall in line, reminds me of a guy in Europe in the 30/40’s who busted unions and the people followed like sheep baaaaa

    • Anonymous

      All sides of the issues? You can’t be serious.
      I would rather have to watch a 2 minute commercial than 10 minutes of them trying to sell me a cheap coffee cup or a T-shirt for $60 every 20 minutes.

      • Anonymous

        OSOKRecon – show us your data that this occurs.

        • Anonymous

          Data?
          Have you ever watched MPBN? Obviously not if you’ve never seen the endless begging for money. If they can sell themselves to advertisers like any other legitimate station, then fine, otherwise the state should not be providing funding of any sort for a one sided, crunchie, liberal, yuppie station.
          Or, if they can survive on what the people who watch the channel donate, go for it. 

          • Briney

            With your “one sided, crunchie (?) liberal, yuppie station” attack it sounds like a script from a Murdoch mud slinger. 

          • Anonymous

            Again, where is your data? Or this another EJ Parsons tactic. Try to make an opinion into a fact, then when asked for data to support the statement. Change the subject or disappear. it does not work for him nor will it work for you.

      • Briney

        Well, you’re free to watch a 2 minute commercial, just as others are free to watch 5 minute fund  – raising promos.  Personally, I prefer a 5 minute promo’ any day than a local commercial newscast interrupted between stories by 60, 30, and  10 second commercials.

        Count them during a local newscast.     It bothers me to read people  arbitrarily declaring  that MPBN should be banned because of some of reasons posted on this blog – children’s, news, art, shows?   I know it’s Le Page’s goal to shut it down. 

    • Anonymous

      Uh oh, somebody at MPBN made LePage mad!!! And I’ll bet his Republican cronies will go right along with him.

      • Briney

        He’s been mad ever since he was asked a question by an MPBN reporter. Remember?  He told the guy he was going to jack his jaw.   

        You are  supposed to ask this man questions which are pre-sorted and approved by Adrienne Bennett, his flak.  She will also deliver his response after it has been  edited for content and language. 

    • Anonymous

       It is just another plank in the R war on intelligent debate and knowledge.Keep taking away honest broadcasters and replace with Fox.Orwell wouldn’t be surprised.

      • Briney

        MPBN’s “Sesame Street”  gets higher  ratings than Le Page’s weekend radio spiel. 

        • Anonymous

           That’s because SS viewers are already smarter the the TPers.

    • Anonymous

      I have no problem cutting public funding for MPBN.  Once they started advertising, oh sorry, once they started “corporate sponsorship” that sounds exactly like advertisement to me, I stopped my membership.  That was quite awhile ago now.  It should also be noted that they operate just like a commercial enterprise when they close stations that do not generate enough advertising, er corporate sponsorship, dollars.  Look, the corporation is viable all on it’s own.  Time to stop the public dollars.  Let’s put that money to work providing universal healthcare for all Americans.

      • Anonymous

         I agree with your last sentence unfortunately it won’t happen until D’s get control of both houses of Congress and re-elect the President.Make that happen,break the insurance cos.,Big Pharma and the corrupt R’s and watch the budget balance or go into surplus.

    • Anonymous

      As I understand it, MPBN is the only statewide broadcaster, period.  Which means they’re the only media outlet that can reach the whole state in the event of an emergency … wonder if the governor has considered that.

      • Anonymous

        The government issues broadcast licenses.  All they need to do is require those license holders to broadcast emergency information when told to do so.  Easy.

    • Briney

      Destroying Public TV and Radio is the nation-wide goal of the tea party and its sheepish republican followers.  Le Page is simply following orders from his dictatorial colleagues. 

      Public artwork has already disappeared.  Access to broad ranged programming, free of political bias “has to go, ” is echoed by the many, who back this new regime and its dictatorial stand. What’s next?  State schools replacing local schools?  Books and newspapers , not in conformance with state regulations?  The party is already working toward elimination of Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and abolition of Women’s Rights.  In Virginia, republicans are trying to make a  law that women undergo an ultra sound test before an abortion. Protesters are thrown in jail. 

      People worry that Le Page may embarrass Maine whilst in China.  If he freely hurls his abuse at Chinese officialdom as he does back home,  he may have an unexpected extended stay. 

  • Guest

    Cut Funding to MPBN. This is why we have a new fireworks law in Maine!!! Blast the Rockets..
    These people are the most bias, biggoted bunch to operate  television and Radio in the Maine..
    and they try to hide it as news… Another quasi government agency that need to be taken down a notch or 2… The Governor should be able to appoint people to run it…
    Our Great Governor Paul Lepage has so much work to do in repairing what the Libs broke, I don’t know if 8 years is enough time…
    If UMM runs it cut funding to UMM until they fix it to your taste… Sorry anyone who thinks AL Gore is Legit has mental health issues.

    • Anonymous

      Just what we need, a television and radio broadcast network a governor could use for his bully pulpit. Do you have any idea what an awful idea that would be?

      If you’re going to accuse MPBN of being biased and bigoted, then provide specific examples.

      • Guest

        Pro Green = anti industry
        Pro Liberl= anti Republican
        Hire mostly Minorities= racism
        Indoctrinate Homsexualty= hate hetrosexuality
        Talking heads are pro Obama anti Repubs=Bigotry
        etc. etc. etc..
        Why would the have Emily Kane a democratic Leader as a guest all the time unless they had slanted views.
        Private TV and Radio use their own dollars to push their agenda, Where Public uses everyones tax dollars to push their slanted aganda..

        • Anonymous

          Specific examples, please. Otherwise, you’re just blowing smoke.

        • Anonymous

          you forgot that all those things make mpbn PRO PEOPLE!

          • Anonymous

             His list even if its the usual lies makes me proud of MPBN.The problem is conservatives aren’t taxed enough.They need to pay a surtax for all the damage that they cause America and the world.

        • Anonymous

          That’s Emily “Cain”. So much for the education discussion.

          • Anonymous

             Not to mention  all the other errors.Another third grade dropout.

      • Anonymous

         Have you spent 5 minutes listening to the radio programming?

        • Anonymous

          Yes, but not lately. Nevertheless, telling a skeptic to just listen is not providing specific examples of bias.

        • Anonymous

          Have you spent 5 minutes listening or watching MPBN? I don’t think so otherwise you would not be posting ignorant comments.

    • Guest

      You are wrong. Fox News is the most bias, biggoted bunch to operate television and radio in the state of Maine..

      • Guest

        Fox news isn’t funded with taxpayer dollars here in Maine.. .. Nice twist through…(-;==== Like a liberal challenged for the very first time (Madona Song) or Twist and shout (Singer???)

        • Guest

          I am not a liberal and I am very aware that Fox is not funded by the government . Thank you for your concern.

        • Anonymous

          reading comprehension problems?

      • Anonymous

         And they pay their own bill, it’s called privately funded Free Speech.

        • Guest

          I agree with you Fox is privatly funded. I think that most people who don’t listen to Fox News however find MPBN “middle of the road” when it comes to politics. 

          • Anonymous

            What do you base that belief on?

          • Guest

            I base that belief on listening to all programing on MPBN. Not just the programs that lean progresive. Also I try to keep an open mind, I do not believe that either side is totally right or totally wrong. It is not that simple my friend.

          • Anonymous

            I wasn’t saying anything was simple I was just questioning this conclusion  “I think that most people who don’t listen to Fox News however find MPBN “middle of the road” “.
            You believe most people find it middle of the road because you find it to be middle of the road?

          • Guest

            As opposed to Fox on the right and MSNBC on the left, I believe MPBN is middle of the road. Yes that is correct.

        • Anonymous

          more like privately funded hate speech and misinformation!

          • Guest

            hate speech? show me examples. misinformation? show me examples.

          • Anonymous

            Really? You should know that there are literally hundreds if not thousands of examples of FOX NEWS lies and misinformation. Just google “FOX News misinformation” or “FOX news lies” and you’ll find plenty.

          • Guest

            I asked for examples of hate speech and lies, not a wild goose chase. If you’re so passionate and knowledgeable about the topic, you should be able to list a few clear examples from the hours and hours you’ve clearly devoted to analyzing Fox broadcasts– but, no surprise, you leave the work to a search engine. It’s obvious where you get your “info”.

          • Canada dont want them!

            Its against the Law to Lie on the Air in Canada!

            http://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/276-74/5123-fox-news-lies-keep-them-out-of-canada

          • Anonymous

            Another poster has already pointed out your link is one of the many liberal lies.  
            Move on.

          • Anonymous

            If you must ask a real stupid question, then do your own research. You’d have to have lived on the moon the past 10 years not to know how dishonest FOX “news” is!

          • Guest

            Typical liberal. All talk, no facts!

          • Anonymous

            Sounds like Fox News…all talk, no facts…nothing but lies.

          • Guest

            For goodness sake– give examples! It’s fine to say Fox news has a conservative bias, just like MSNBC has a liberal bias. But bias and lies have completely different meanings. If you think you know so much about Fox news, show some examples. You obviously watch the channel, right?

          • Anonymous

            Their lies are so easy to find. Do you know how to google?

          • Anonymous

            If Fox news is bad then why is it the most watched channel on cable.  If it was all lies people wouldn’t still be watching.  Know I’m as conservative as you can get, but I do watch Hardball and The Ed show from time to time.  The Dylan Ratigan show and Maddow are liberal propoganda shows.

          • Anonymous

            FOX is the top “news” channel with less than 2 million viewers, not the most watched channel on tv. Two million viewers is less than 1% of the population, almost all who are staunch Republicans that ONLY want news that supports their radical thinking and FOX delivers, even if much of it is untrue!

          • Anonymous
          • Anonymous

            Typical GOP supporter. All stupid and too lazy to check into things themselves…would rather let FAUX “news” tell them how to think.

          • Briney

            What would you do if you the facts?

          • Anonymous

             You are correct… See the attached URL… Faux News won a lawsuit so they are able to LIE to the American public:  http://www.relfe.com/media_can_legally_lie.html

          • Briney

            Limbaugh, O’Reilly, Cheney, Rove, Perino, Palin, Coulter, Krupthammer, Morris.

        • Anonymous

           They do not pay their own bills.Every cable/satellite buyer pays for them no matter how much they disagree with them.Look up the FCC hearings where consumers would’ve been allowed to unbundle their packages(narrowcasting)The R’s and the NAB fought bitterly and won on the grounds that it would”mislead consumers and make bills more difficult to read”Yeah,right.

        • Briney

          Not in my house.   We call it radical right wing propaganda on this board.  Off it, we have better descriptions.  

          How anyone can compare Rupert Murdoch’s ultra right propaganda machine with a station that offers such a broad range of incomparable programming for everyone,  is enough to scare anyone.   

          • Anonymous

             And MPBN didn’t break into the phone of a dead 13 year old and decieve her parents.That is the R’s for you.Enjoy jail Rebecca and James-hopefully the old man will join you there!

          • Briney

            The former editor of the News of the World is facing more charges, I believe.  Rupert may have to face similar charges in this country. 

          • Anonymous

             And that is being well hidden.Fox needs to have their broadcast license pulled under FISA and RICO.Thanks for the update.

      • Anonymous

        Apparently you’ve never watched MSNBC.

        • Anonymous

           Chrissy Mathews and a shiver up your leg!

        • Anonymous

           MSNBC is less liberal now than ever.They have a failed R backbencher on for three hours a day and Michael Steele getting well paid from them.Phil Griffin is a disaster.

      • Anonymous

        in the history of America!

        • Guest

          Won’t watch either one.

      • Anonymous

        MSNBC is the same as FOX, only on the liberal side. I guess it depends what kind of BS you like to be fed.

        • Anonymous

          Again, show us what is liberal about MPBN?

          • Anonymous

            Some people use the word liberal but they really mean to say intellectual.

          • Briney

            The Radical Right Wingers  toss “Liberal” around as though it were contaminated.   Then they turn on Murdoch’s Propaganda puppets eagerly  accepting all kinds of slush.

        • Guest

          Totally agree.

        • Anonymous

          MSNBC doesn’t come anywhere close to the dishonest programming on FOX. MSNBC tends to back up things with videos and they apologize for their mistakes. FOX lies and lies, never backing anything up with proof unless it edited out of context and when people prove they’ve lied, they never apologize or correct their errors. WHY? because FOX intentionally MISLEADS everyone. If truth in broadcasting were enforced, FOX would have been off the air years ago.

          • Anonymous

            As I said…and you prove my point…it depends on what type of BS you like to be fed.

          • Anonymous

             Fox would’ve never gotten a license if the Fairness Doctrine were still in place.Also,the only reason they got on most cable systems is THEY paid the operators $20 per subscriber rather than the operator paying them carriage fees.Who wouldn’t take that deal?They knew they couldn’t get on there under any legitimate terms and conditions.

      • Anonymous

        Nope NBC and it’s little sister MSNBC are the most bias by far.  Hands down.

        • Guest

          I agree, MSNBC is bias, but nobody can beat Fox News.

    • Briney

      Who pays for Le Page’s radio “show?”

  • Let’s be honest, who reading this blog has watch channel 10 in the last 6 months? Corporate welfare.

    • I watch MPBN all the time.  Rick Steeves, Jacques Pepin, Julia Child, Frontline, Maine Watch. 

      • Anonymous

         Good, then you can quit mooching off of the taxpayers and start paying for MPBN yourself.

        • I pay my share in taxes, how about you?

  • Tyke

    If MPBN gets zero funding then they should immediately cease running the entire emergency broadcast system for the state unless the state pays 100% of the cost plus a markup that equals what a commercial network would charge.

    I expect they would get back a sizable portion of their funding that way.

    • Anonymous

       Good. I’ll figure it out on my own with the various news outlets I don’t pay for with my tax money.

      • Tyke

        Not if the state is unable to send out the broadcast — which MPBN now does for free.

    • Anonymous

       That is mandated by the FCC as a requirement to use the broadcast frequency.

      What are you scared of, a nuke attack from Iran?

      • Tyke

        No, it is not. The only mandated participation is the same as for every other broadcast entity. MPBN actually is the backbone used by the state government to transmit to all other Maine stations. That is NOT mandated it is a service provided for the public benefit … so far at no charge, though I expect that could change rapidly if state funding is cut to zero..

  • Anonymous

    Where was mpbn during the ice storm of  ’98?

  • Anonymous

    If public broadcasting is needed and wanted, its audience will keep it running. It’s called supply and demand. MPBN saw a substantial surplus last fiscal year– the state did not. Times are tough. Cuts hurt. But a state budget is a little more important than a television station’s.

  • How about it become like HBO, if you want to watch it pay extra for it. I don’t watch it and I don’t want to pay for it.

  • Anonymous

    MPBN is biased.  Period.  Recall during the 2010 debates when Jennifer Rooks let Mike Michaud follow his own rules but kept Jay Levesque on a tight leash.

  • Guest

    Most people with an IQ over 10 think that MPBN is worthwhile. Does LePage want to turn the funding over to Fox News ?

    • Anonymous

       News flash holier than thou. I think Fox news is biased. But I think MPBN/PBS is straight on in the bag for liberal progressives ideals.

      • Guest

        NEWS FLASH I am not holy at all, If you don’t like MPBN you don’t have to listen. I find that they give both sides of an issue.

        • Anonymous

           So you don’t think their is any bias there?

          • Guest

            MPBN is pretty “middle of the road”.

          • Anonymous

             So do you consider your own political leanings to be left, right or middle of the road?

          • Guest

            I do not like the right or the left, neither makes any sense.

          • Anonymous

             Well, when faced with two divergent paths in the woods…

          • Guest

            I would blaze a new trail. The other paths would lead me nowhere.

          • Anonymous

            Just don’t expect the rest of us to buy your equipment.

          • Guest

            Why would I ? What are you talking about ? The only people buying anything are the fools who listen to Fox News.

          • Anonymous

            And what about the people who watch MSNBC? you aren’t fooling anyone with your centrist claim. your leftist views aren’t well-hidden.

          • Guest

            If you followed any of my postings you would know that I have no respect for MSNBC either. You just made a fool of yourself calling me a leftist.

        • Anonymous

          And if you don’t like Fox, YOU don’t have to watch it. But here’s the difference- MPBN does not pay for its own broadcast. A private station has every right to be biased. A public station does not! Simple as that.

          Yet, the real story is not about bias. It’s about a gigantic deficit that Governor LePage is working hard towards reducing. Why should our state continue to operate in the red while PBS sees a $600,000 surplus in one fiscal year?

          • Anonymous

            I thought he was just an evil man who hated the State of Maine, America and all the people that live here…silly me…

          • Anonymous

            Immerse yourself in public broadcasting and you’ll really believe it :)

          • Guest

            do not see MPBN as bias. It is needed in this state.

          • Anonymous

            Like I said: the real story isn’t about the bias. You can’t ignore the bigger picture– privately funded television dominates. If a station can’t survive without government subsidy, then it doesn’t belong on the airwaves. If Mainers want MPBN to stay afloat, they’ll make it happen without state funds.

          • Guest

            Do you have any idea of what it costs the State of Maine for all its corporate subsidies ? Funding for MPBN is a drop in the bucket my friend. If you want to cut something go after corporate subsidies. It could actually make a dent in reducing State spending.

        • Anonymous

           But you still want me to pay for it.  Let those who listen to it pay for it.

          • Guest

            Do you pay for all the corporate subsidies that the State of maine passes out? Don’t you have a problem with the all the money being spent on corporate subsidies. Funding for MPBN is a drop in the bucket when compared to corporate subsidies. Where is the outrage ?

        • Anonymous

          GOP followers won’t watch anything that might disturb their right wing brainwashing.

  • Anonymous

    Paul is just getting started. Yes!

  • Anonymous

    Go out and raise the money. It will be good for MPBN to see how hard it is to raise money yourself.

  • I’ll remind readers that Gov. LePage will be holding a Town Hall meeting Thursday (15 March) evening at the Oxford Hills High School in South Paris. It runs from 6-7:30, and they take questions from the audience.

    • dadoje

      Unfortunately he won’t take questions he doesn’t like. I went to one with three friends and they passed in three questions and I told them they will not get asked or get answers to them and they didn’t

  • Perhaps this is the reason why the LePage administration wants to eliminate all funding to MPBN.

    http://www.dirigoblue.com/2010/09/lepage-and-aj-higgins/

  • Just tell Governor LePage MPBN actually means Marden’s Public Broadcasting Network. Then maybe he won’t cut it’s budget.

  • Just so you are aware. MPBN has no advertising and is legally not allowed to have any. You might get confused by underwriting messages, which are certainly not advertising. There are highly specific rules about what constitute advertising, as opposed to underwriting. Mr LePage is very wrong to think that advertising can be used to prop up MPBNs funding.

    Additionally, absolutely zero state funds go to any programming at MPBN. The entire appropriation of 1.7 million goes to transmission costs alone and still falls dreadfully short of the LEGALLY MANDATED requirement that the state fund for MPBN’s transmission. Mr Rosen is also inaccurate to think that the state is funding any programming for MPBN.

    It’s amazing that after such a battle last year, the leadership of our government still cannot articulate simple facts about the situation. If they can’t understand these basic and simple ideas after having them explained in detail during last years events, I hold out little hope that they have a single speck of intelligence left in their heads.

    • Anonymous

       If “absolutely zero state funds go to any programming at MPBN” then I guess we don’t need to worry about the loss of funding affecting the programming do we? Can’t have it both ways…

    • Anonymous

      What BS!
      1. Call it underwriting, call it corporate sponsorship, conjure up any euphemism you want but it is still advertising.  Yes, if you call it advertising it becomes illegal for them to be a non-profit but this is an argument about semantics and the law, not reality!2. State funds can be “appropriated” for a specific purpose but money is money so it is still contributing to the welfare of MPBN.
      3. MPBN has a loyal and supportive audience.  They always claim “where else would you get this programming if we were not here?”  What they are not saying is that they will be there because the audience will be there, just as with any other successful commercial broadcast operation. 

      I hate LePage, his party, his politics, and his annoying smile however this part of his budget I completely approve of.  You can argue semantics all you want but the fact is MPBN has gone commercial and it is time to get off the state milk bottle.

  • Anonymous

    Cut the budget, cut the budget, cut the budget. Live within our limited means.

    • “The budget cuts $37 million from the $6.1 billion biennial budget for
      2012-13 that passed last year, but it also includes $37 million in new
      spending. So, essentially, the bill is revenue neutral,”

      You do realize that there is no cut in overall spending, right? You do realize he is proposing to spend the same amount of money, just on different things, right? You did actually READ the article?!

      • Anonymous

         Oh, Bob. I love it when people talk down to me. You do realize that without the cuts the budget would be $37 million more than it is, right? 

        • Indeed, I do realize that. Your chants of “cut the budget” do not indicate that you’re actually thinking they’re cutting the budget. They’re not. They’re sliding money from one pile to the other.

          So why you’re chanting, I don’t understand. 

          • Anonymous

             I wouldn’t expect a flaming liberal to understand Bob.

          • You could learn from Bob, you don;t have a clue and there is no reason to insult because you don’t understand Don, but I wouldn’t expect a conservaturd to put any thought into it, just stupid cliches and rants no solutions.

          • Anonymous

            You call Don out for insulting someone, while you insult him even more. Absolutely typical.

          • Waaahhh, you hate when you get it back don’t you?  Absolutely typical.  :)

    • Wow!  That seems like a reasonable solution!  There is NO WAY  they will go for it lol

  • Anonymous

    Screw some for tax breaks for others…Sorry folks…but tax breaks don’t create jobs. Tax breaks allow owners of businesses to spend more time in Aruba. Jobs are created when demand for goods or services increases. 

    • Anonymous

       You have no idea what you are talking about.

    • Anonymous

      “…but tax breaks don’t create jobs.”  That’s nonsense!  Since Skowhegan Resident  mentioned Walmart, I will too.  Without the TIF deals that Walmart recieved I can think of at least three locations in Maine that wouldn’t have been built including their statewide distribution center in Auburn and two other retail stores in Western Maine.  You can moan about minimum wage jobs all you want, but they’re still jobs, and Maine people are filling the positions.

      • Anonymous

        Another effect of the ever-increasing number of Walmart stores is the end of smaller stores owned and run by local people. Goodbye, Main St., hello Big Box.

        • Anonymous

          The surest way to minimize the “Big Box” stores which you despise so and to maximize our neighbors’ stores and businesses is to put your money where your mouth is. 

          A purchase at Jane Mainer’s store is one less for the Big Boys. The neighbor down the street from you with a dream of self-sufficiency is capable of solutions you as a buyer need but cannot get at a national retailer’s store. Gov. LePage knows this and needs support of business legislation initiatives which make it easier for Jane and Joe Mainer to provide what you need…and add to the tax base at the same time.

        • Anonymous

          But have to admit your EBT card goes a lot farther at Wally World than it does at Ralph’s.

          • Anonymous

            A good point–people who are quite poor don’t have the option of boycotting Walmart that you and I have.

      • You may find the book “Big Box Swindle” of interest. The effect of big box retailers goes well beyond the impact on local merchants.

      • Anonymous

        Walmart took the TIF deal because it was there.  It’s naive to think that Walmart would not build in a location just because there was no government handout subsidized by the local businesses and citizens.

  • In 2002, the State of Maine gave WALMART tax breaks and other government goodies reportedly worth up to $150 million dollars to build a private building,  Tax break money to Walmart that is still, being,taken,out of, Maine,taxpayers, pockets,today, in,2012.

    How about Lepage saying something?

    I asked the two R Senators at the time, they were too busy accepting Walmart political donations..

  • Anonymous

    If the legislature cuts MPBN spending, I hereby pledge to double my Evergreen contribution to MPBN. I would then challenge all other supporters of MPBN to do the same. 

  • Anonymous

    The state’s fiscal reality is forcing these decisions.

    Claims of unfairness from MBPN supporters sound like pure greed to many parents of children with severe medical needs and all the rest of us who feel the health and safety of all Maine’s deserving families is a higher priority in these austere times.

    • Anonymous

      It’s less than 2 million of a 6 billion budget. Your claims don’t hold water.

      • Anonymous

        None of these appropriations have held water for decades.

  • Anonymous

    The MPBN budget is
    .028%
    of the State budget.

  • Anonymous

    MPBS has the best educational programs for preschool children… LePage wants your children to grow up ignorant because PBS reports the TRUTH in it’s news, which rarely has anything positive to say about the corrupt GOP…!!!… Your children do not concern the GOP, the one per cent like Lepage and his cronies are their only concern…..

    • Anonymous

      That doesn’t mean it us tax payers should foot the bill. It’s well known that the PBS can support themselves.  If you want to support MPBS, please call in your pledge when they have there pledge drive, or didn’t you know about them!

      • Anonymous

         It’s called PUBLIC Broadcasting Service… It provides educational programs for all the PUBLIC even for those who want to keep their heads in the GOP sand… Under a million dollars a year is peanuts for the great value of education of young children in the state of Maine…

        • Anonymous

          Well if its peanuts then do your pledge and support the MPBS if you can get your bleeding heart out of my pocket book. 

  • Anonymous

    Yeah the State has gone big time w^&te trash… lots of
    drugs, dependency etc. Similar to what the Federal Government has done to inner city
    neighborhoods, the Fed’s and State are now doing to rural Maine… including the apologists who defend the indulgent punks who are robbing, using ,stealing etc. He’s a good boy – She’s a good girl. Starve the beast of money… Gut DHHS!

    • welfare is STATE run and has been since 1996 NOT the FEDS.  You can come to ME and sign up for welfare the same day, tell it to your governor, get it right.

      • Anonymous

        You want to check your “Facts” and do a retraction before someone calls your bluff on that one?

        • Why don’t you prove it wrong? You can’t. :) Afraid of Big Bird?

        • Why don’t you do a little reading, you are the minority but not surprsing.  Absolutely no intellectual curiousity whatsoever.  Pick up a civics book sweetie, just because you couldn’t get through high school doesn’t mean you have to remain ignorant of the ‘facts’  Good luck with it lots of big words.  :)

  • Anonymous

    Can’t get it, don’t want to pay for it.

    • Then no one else should have it, how very Amerikkan of you.

      • Anonymous

        It is.  It is called capitalism.  Using money from others to support something they don’t agree with is a form of socialism.  It is also a form of robbery.  The state is taking from one to give to another.  Nice trying to link me to racist with your misspelling of American.

        • pbmann

          So everyone who pays taxes agrees with everything the government does or it is robbery…. give me a break.

          • Anonymous

            You call it what you want, I’ll call it what I want.  But in the end, the Government, by threat of force, takes away property and gives it to others.  Keep bowing to the alter of Government.  

          • pbmann

            But unlike a thief, the government provides necessary services and other things with tax money.  Just because you don’t like what they use it for does not make it theft.

          • Anonymous

            Ok, legal theft.  Necessary services is one thing.  I do not believe MBPN is a necessary service.  My opinion.  

          • You are outnumberted Doggie, majority rules.

          • Anonymous

            I’ve been out woking for the last several hours, so everyone here can collect their government check.  Now I see I’m surrounded by marxist.

          • Maybe someday when you retire you will get SS and a pension if you didn’t hide it all in a safety deposit box.  :)  I get more than most make but I worked hard for it and spent nights in school, education is NOT a destination, it is a journey.  Try it.  I’ll bet you couldn’t define marxist, you ate the Faux Shat.

          • pbmann

            Hmmm. I just got home from work and I believe MPBN plays an important role in society and some of it’s shows are down-right hilarious.  Plus they play some great music.

          • I am voting with “doggie”

          • pbmann

            Some people do believe MPBN plays an important role in society.  Who is right?

          • Then those people are allowed to pledge money to support it.

          • Then stay off OUR roads, don’t use the Post Office, I won’t mention the library (can tell you don’t use it).  Don’t expect the fire dept or police when you need them.  What a hypocrite you are.  I’ll bet you won’t accept LBJCARE either. 

          • Post office has nothing to do with taxes.

        • People throw the word socialism around without really knowing the meaning of it.  They tend to use it  a scare tactic.  Look up the definition before using a word you know nothing about….

        • Anonymous

          So how about those tax breaks? Why don’t we force those loggers and fishers to advertise in order to pay for the tax breaks? I’d like to see some billboards posted on those fish and wood products!

        • Anonymous

          before you go look it up… tell us what you think socialism means

          • Anonymous

            …..and after you look it up, you can tell us what you think capitalism means.

          • Anonymous

            Buzz off please.

            Thank you.

      • that KK was ignorant!

  • Anonymous

    So Paul tries again to get his revenge on those evil MPBN reporters . . .

    How does “revenue neutral” help us?

  • {Additional exemptions from income taxes are proposed for retirement income. Beginning in 2014, the state also would exempt military pay for service out of state from Maine income taxes.}
     
    Lepage exits in 2014 with a State Retirement!
     
    I have heard the phrase Take the Money and Run but,
     
     Take the Money and declare it Tax Free and then run sure is a new one!

    • Anonymous

      “Beginning in 2014, the state also would exempt military pay for service out of state from Maine income taxes.” You sound as if the state should be entitled to a chunk of a retired vets pay even though the state provided nothing to earn it. Sounds like taxation without representation. 

  • Anonymous

    This is Tea Freak politics…red meat for the same crowd that considers it snobbery to attend college.

    • Anonymous

      No, no, no. The snobbery is referring to people who expect EVERYONE to go to college. Fundamental difference. You should think before you type.

      • Anonymous

        Au contraire!  It’s just a slight variation on the ” Elitist liberal” theme that has permeated the ranks of angry white men since Cheney first whispered into Nixon’s ear.

        • Anonymous

           Fortunately that crowd is dying off.Ten years from now the TPers will be as important as the Whigs.Bye Bye Breitbart!

  • This guy is pathetic, it’s revenue neutral and it cuts funding to a public radio station, we don’t need no stinkin news.  We can all eat the Faux Shat.  He is such an embarrassment, that bill does nothing but defund one public channel, NOTHING bagger.

    • Anonymous


      it’s revenue neutral and it cuts funding to a public radio station” I’m ready to hear your pompous explanation for this one please.  

      • It is right there for you to read, you just need to get your energy up. I doubt you would understand economics. ;(

        • Anonymous

          Maybe you should read the  part about the fourteen million that would change your neutral to negative so get off your asinine holier than thou highhorse and chill.

  • Anonymous

    How to handle MPBN: shoot the messenger.

  • Anonymous

    Let them sell commercials to make ends meets. Maybe the shows would be better then. They can pick and choose their commercials. They already do actually but they call it this show sponsored by Exxon or Scott’s fertilizer. Those would be 30 second messages about the companies though not commercials.  I read one  commentor would rather see a few commercials then the 10 minute segment begging for money, selling shirts and mugs.   I agree. Just easier to get gov’t money then it is to work for it like too many have found out.

    • PUBLIC RADIO, PUBLIC

      • Anonymous

        The Maine taxpayer is not public so stop you’re yelling.

        • ACA will provide free mental healh for you :)

          • Anonymous

            You should know, you’re their posterboy?

  • Briney

    MPBN has been in Le Page’s kill zone since taking office. Steamed over questions from an MPBN reporter, Le Page threatened to slug him.  He has not forgotten.  Pay back continues.  Meanwhile, he lovingly embraces a  $350,000 study of an East-West Highway.  

    We get more from Public Radio than Maine ever will from this wasteful and self-serving Canadian dream.  For decades Canadians have been pushing for a fast four-lane highway linking the Maritimes with Quebec.  Its sole purpose – a faster and shorter connecting route between the two provinces.  The  spill off business  for Maine can be compared to what happened to numerous Maine communities when I-95   skirted them, creating many ghost towns.

    MPBN informs and entertains with a much broader menu than we now get from commercial TV and Radio.  Non biased reporting of state and national news, coupled with national and international entertainment make it  priceless.

    Republicans and Democrats should stand firm and stop Le Page from censoring and condemning one of prime resources. They should continue to fight his selfish East-West Highway connection.

    • Anonymous

      MPBN can support it’s self. If you want them supported, make your reasonable pledge.

  • mrspeel2

    It’s funny how the people who don’t need public assistance (or don’t watch MPBN which is educational television) are the ones who are all for making these cuts, but if they, or their relatives  needed a little help they’d be singing a different tune. After all these years, I guess the “Me Generation” is still with us.

    We all like to think we’re invincible but we all run the risk of someday being out of a job and finding ourselves in a predicament where we might need a helping hand. If this passes, it won’t be there for us so I guess we’ll just have to shiver to keep warm because oil companies have a this weird little quirk of needing to be paid for deliveries. During the winter, we’ll get to read by candlelight because our electric is shut off, and imagine the pure joy of splurging on 3 meals a week, instead of 21 like employed folk do!

    To thank the Governor for helping us develop our long-lost pioneering spirit, let’s all send him a thank you note, shall we?

  • Anonymous

    A multi-billion dollar budget and you’re going to try and convince us that cutting 1.7 million in funding to MPBN is a financial necessity? Get real.

    • hasacluemaine

      Yes, 1.7 million, what a pittance…geesh.

    • Anonymous

      Ever notice the only ones who say it’s just money are only talking about YOUR money? One of  the first things I learned about money was “You have to earn a penny before you can earn a dollar”. Yes I’m one of those fools who’ll stop and pick up a penny.

      • Anonymous

        I pay taxes, so I don’t know what you’re trying to suggest. 

    • Count the pennies and the dollars take care of themselves

      • Anonymous

        Get real. They count the pennies when it’s convenient and blow millions when it’s convenient.

        • I think instead of shooting holes in every solution offered maybe you should think over some of them.

          • Anonymous

            I have. A great place to start would have been NOT giving a massive tax cut to dead and wealth estate owners. We’re supposedly in a budget crisis, but we can afford stuff like that? Again, get real. 

  • Glad he exempted his retirement from ME taxes, phew.  Hope his daughter gets a rasise too?  WTH voted this dummy in?  He doesn’t even know the difference between Federal and State buildings.  Didn’t you realize when he said he balanced the budget in the town he was mayoir of without raising taxes meant he took from the elderly and the poor?  The sooner they are gone, the better, eh LePlague?

    • Anonymous

      Your outlandish derogatory remarks seem to be coming from your chamber pot of  unfounded liberal rants. Seems like the only ones, according to the article, who are getting a break on this are the ones who earned or are earning their own way. Why should I or any tax payer pay a dime to support  all the burdens to society who won’t lift a finger to get them selves out of cesspool they chose to be in.  If you want to support the entitlements to the undeserved YOU pay for it.

      • You are so right PW.  I am so sick of the name calling.  Lepage is doing what he thinks is right.  he is doing what we elected him to do!

  • Anonymous

    Agreed.  In order for any company to receive the tax benefits offered by a TIF, local government must first declare/make TIFs available which requires local legislative approval(by either council, popular vote of the citizens, or other legal means).

  • Guest

    Any one can give you a tax break in the future that they don’t have to pay for. Don’t count it as reasl money until it goes into effect and either costs or helps someone.

  • Anonymous

    times are difficult for all Mainers, why would we give tax dollars to MPBN which doesn’t make sense. It makes sense to take these cuts and apply them to areas that need additional dollars like DHHS and or other.

  • I support the Governor’s proposal to de-fund MPBN. I see no good reason why Maine taxpayers should continue to subsidize this system. Some will argue that public broadcasting provides a valuable service that many people just can’t do without. If that is the case, than maybe some of these people who need it so badly can begin financially supporting MPBN, or increase any support that they may already be giving. In that way, we would know how many Mainers truly value public broadcasting, and how many do not. That is the way it should work in a free society.

  • Anonymous

    Why should everyone pay for what few people admit to watching. The only relevance is the Maine High School Basketball tournament, which if you watch is veiwer funded broadcasting. Well i sent my $15 in during there pledge drive. If they did not recieve enough than cut the funding. It is simple math, pay your way or get cut.  We can not afford it. GO GET EM PAUL

  • Anonymous

    MPBN is wildly bloated with everything gold plated in triplicate.  There are three CBS stations in Maine, but five PBS stations.   Want a good laugh, call your local PBS TV station and see if they will air your public service announcement.

  • Anonymous

    MPBN is a state resource.  I’m not sure why it is always considered leftist or liberal when someone takes the time to research the details, put them in complete sentences, and approach topics in an educated manner.  That makes them intelligent, not right or left.  

    We spent $684 BILLION on military spending in 2010.  In the US, the government spends $4 per person on public broadcasting of all types, compared to over $2000 per person per year for the military.  You won’t be able to balance the budget trying to cut out the $4…  And more people listen to their news from public radio than get it from ABC, NBC or CBS.

    We spend far less than Canada, any European country, Australia, New Zealand (all of these countries invest between $29 and $130 per person per year.   Stop attacking public broadcasting, it should be supported.

    • Anonymous

      Perhaps you’d like to recite your statistics to an under-armored soldier or Marine. God willing you’ll never have to find out personally how much bang you didn’t want your buck to buy.

  • Anonymous

    If MPBN should start airing more commercials, why not force those receiving these new tax cuts to advertise? What about those dead estate owners that got that huge cut a couple years back? Maybe they could advertise as a means of paying for their cuts. I can just see it now, corporate logos and bumper stickers on caskets!

  • Lord Whiteman

     I hope they do cut MPBN’s state funding. Maybe they will finally stop showing Lawrence Welk  every Saturday night.

  • Guest

    The Center for Civil Discourse forum on ‘Civility and American Democracy, was broadcast on MPBN.
    http://www.centerforcivildiscourse.com/video-of-the-national-forum/

    A wise, rational, and needed reminder of the need for facts and context in all things, including, (he says to himself), the need to take time to learn and evaluate before commenting, and, not commenting in this type of forum, at all.  (But it’s so easy, right?)

  • Anonymous

    The moonbats have their panties in wad over cutting MPBN! Surprise, surprise. Good for the governor to have the guts to make the moonbats cringe. I love it.

  • Going up on retiree’s taxes?  Why should we pay because this is a beggar state?  You will move them all out of the state, you fool, then you can pay them all by yourselfs.  Maybe you could tax the lobstermen/stern men instead.  Of course, you and your daughter are exempted from this law and you both have taxpayer funded insurance.  Time for you to go, one termer.

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