Comments for: Panel rejects LePage move to eliminate MPBN funding

Posted April 06, 2012, at 1:39 p.m.
Last modified April 06, 2012, at 4:37 p.m.

AUGUSTA — The Legislature’s Appropriations Committee voted unanimously late Thursday night to reject Gov. Paul LePage’s proposal to eliminate all state funding for the Maine Public Broadcasting Network, saying the issue had become a “political football.” Several committee members spoke at a late Thursday night work session about the service …

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  • Anonymous

    Uh-oh Paul, I see a trend developing here and I don’t think you’ll like it.

    • Anonymous

      You know something is rotten when even the Republicans jump ship.

  • Anonymous

    Big Bird to Paulie : ” Kiss my Butt !”

    • Anonymous

       Funny,very funny!!

  • Guest

    MPBN’s donor list might include 5 people that voted for our Governor.

    • Anonymous

      Which is exactly why it should not be taxpayer funded.  Not while they rebroadcast the one-sided national programs such as Bill Moyers, Washington Week (ok, they do let one conservative on for every four liberals), NOW, PBS News Hour, and Frontline (most of the time).

      • Guest

        Which new shows do you enjoy and respect?

  • Anonymous

    MPBN is just a little bit to factual for the Lepageites.

    • Anonymous

      A little bit one sided for my tax money.

      • Anonymous

        right.  because Big Bird is political.

        pffft

        • Anonymous

          No their are other alternatives now for basically the same type of programming for kids.  You have Nick jr, Discovery Kids,  Hub, Disney Jr etc..  Our tax dollars shouldn’t be going to prop up a failed tv channel.  If the channel is so important have more fundraising drives , sell advertising.  But to continue to expect subsidies from taxpayers who are struggling is unacceptable.

          • Guest

            >>>>>

          • Anonymous

            You’re correct.  Those programs aren’t shills for progressive propaganda.

          • Anonymous

            Big bird is just so healthy, progressive, honest, friendly, lovable.

          • Anonymous

            “Their” is possessive. 
            “There” refers to place or is the word you possibly meant.
            “They’re” is a contraction.
            To expect subsidies for public information, objective news, entertainment not promoted by corporations is healthy.  One small percentage of the funds for war, dedicated to healthy children is very, very acceptable.

          • J

            I RESPECTIVELY DISAGREE, I AM WATCHING THAT CHANNEL NOW WHICH IS NOT FLOODED WITH ENDLESS COMMERCIAL. THANK YOU MR. KATZ.

          • Anonymous

            Well, 170 million Americans support public broadcasting.   There is no state in the nation that does not offer the opportunity for public broadcasting;   often times,  the state itself will use it’s services to educate,  at a much reduced cost.    “But to continue to expect subsidies from taxpayers who are struggling is unacceptable”……..I would much rather support public broadcasting……then give tax breaks and kissing businesses butt with no known results.   With public broadcasting,  at least you can SEE your investment.   The only “failed” TV is the commercial, private…for profit networks that you have mentioned.

          • Anonymous

            luv2run

          • Anonymous

            nick jr and the others are mainly cartoon shows while sesame street is educational

        •  No kidding ! Is Big Bird on the radio?

        • Anonymous

           actually, Sesame street has be come much more political in recent years.

          • Anonymous

            Only if you think tolerance is political.  

          • Anonymous

            It has been made political by some.

    • In what way?  Give us some of your reasons for thinking the way you do.  Do you think that government should take your money and give it to MPBN?  What about give your money to a different organization that you do not like?  What about giving your money to an organization that you are neutral about?  What gives State government the right to take your money or mine and give it away to an organization?  Are you all good with all spending?  If not, what spending needs to go, in your opinion?

      Those are just a few unanswered questions from your post.

      • Anonymous

        Let’s get rid of the 60 percent of the federal budget dedicated to war.  Maybe, just 10 percent of that?

      • J

         I suggest that it is a better use of fund for the jobs the Governor gave his Daughter and other relatives – make sense?

    • Anonymous

      Right, because it couldn’t be that he simply believes that the government has no place funding MPBN, it is because they are to liberal.

      He didn’t say he wants to get rid of MPBN, he simply does not want the state to provide funding for it.

  • Anonymous

    The Emperor  has no power of veto!!

  • Guest

    Paulie if you feel that your head may explode after reading this ….. see Dr. Who.

  • Anonymous

    Too Bad… Only station in Allagash in English…..????? Don’t think so…everybody has internet and satalite radios…..state’s broke….let’s get the place in order….

    • Guest

      Everybody has satalite and internet ??? Which part of Maine are you from ? Fantasy, Maine ? Lets get the place in order by dumping LePage !

      • Anonymous

        Sounds like your from Northern Mass around the Augusta area.

        • Guest

          Washington County. There are many residents here who can’t afford either satalite or internet, and many residents here that have no use for LePage !

          • Guest

             But more that support him than not.

          • Guest

            I don’t think so !

    • Anonymous

      How magnanimous of you.  Let them eat cake …

  • Guest

    >>>>>

    • I agree!

          I think that we should continue funding it and use the State House Camera system to televise the goings ons in the capital like C-Span!

      • Guest

        And put cameras and mikes in the gov’s office. Let’s see and hear what really happens in there. “Daddy, may I……”
        “Yes, dear”

  • Guest

    Get rid of the funding to MPBN. 

    • Anonymous

      Why?

      • Guest

        because not everyone cares nor watches it. 

        • Anonymous

          What about those that do care and watch it? They go without just because you don’t care or watch it??? Pretty selfish!

          • Anonymous

            By that logic you should be paying the entertainment costs of others for things that you don’t use or even worse for things that you oppose.  Some people go to strip joints.  Do you think you should be paying for that?  I certainly don’t.

          • Anonymous

            The difference is that they choose not to go to strip clubs. Cutting off funding for MPBN removes the ability to choose whether or not they want to listen. It’s your choice not to listen.

          • Anonymous

            Its my choice not to listen too, correct, thus, it should be my choice not to pay for it

        • Anonymous

          So, it requires “everyone” to listen or watch to be funded?    

          • Anonymous

             it should be funded by those who use it, not funded by force through taxes.

          •  You would think you would have more sense than to write a statement like that, where everyone can see it.

          • Guest

             you are  exactly right!

          • Guest

            I don’t use the current governor’s office or family. Can we not fund them, please.

          • Anonymous

            And the fire dept. in your town should be funded only by those who use it.The same with the state police, sheriff’s dept or your local dept. if you don’t use it , according to your logic, it should be a” fee for use”. I hope you never need to have any of those agencies help you, because you’ll find out the true cost of them.Even the Red Cross would have to charge you. Boy, are you going to have to have some VERY expensive insurance there!

          • Anonymous

            It should be funded exactly they way that it always has been;  mostly by private donations.  If we quit paying for MPBN,   then we should be able to decide which businesses get which tax breaks,   which businesses get which bailouts,  dependent upon how many of us use their services.

          • Anonymous

            No have their stupid fundraising drives, sell advertising, sell sponsorships to certain programs especially local programming.  Maine taxpayers shouldn’t have to pay for something they don’t want, MPBN has worn out its welcome.  If people want PBS just do like Fox did here in Maine when they dropped their affiliation with WPXT in 2001 . You can just have a National PBS feed with a couple of local programs (High School Basketball, Maine Watch) thrown in but not have taxpayers totally funding it.

          • Anonymous

            Well i dont want the MDOT to plow the road in front of your house because i dont use it. You should have to pay for that section. I dont like to pay  for the
             Police to come to your house to investigate a crime so you should pay for that also.

          • Guest

             Don’t be ridiculous. One isn’t even close to the other.

          • J

             I RESPECTIVELY DISAGREE, I AM WATCHING THAT CHANNEL NOW WHICH IS NOT FLOODED WITH ENDLESS COMMERCIAL. THANK YOU MR. KATZ.

        • Anonymous

          not everyone:  goes to school, requires health insurance or drives on the turnpike either.

          • Anonymous

            The turnpike is a bad example, as it derives revenue from tolls. So if you don’t use the turnpike, you don’t pay for the turnpike.

          • Anonymous

            guessing that tolls only pay a portion of the expense…but sure i’ll give you that.

        •  It is true that not everyone watches MPBN, but everyone who is informed and active in civic affairs, and cares about their community and the whole picture does.

          • Guest

             sorry Jimmy. also not true  –  I find your statement pretty comical!  I am educated, care about my community and am quite active in my area in civic affairs. I don’t watch much tv to be honest , and I resent paying for any television program- especially when a very low percentage of Mainers actually do watch it. Get outside for crying out loud. SHUT OFF THE BIG BIRD! 

        • Anonymous

          So….that means that you don’t watch it?….     Go back to school,   you’ll will find out how much it is watched.   Try Carl Burns “The Civil War”……that’s mandatory in history class.  It doesn’t matter anyhow,    the committee said that it is off the block……too bad,    BTW,  it’s channel 12….give it a look.

  • Guest

    Why don’t we move to eliminate all funding for LePage administration.

    • Now that would cause a {Family Crissis}!

      • Guest

        The bad news is that laying off the “family” might increase the unemployment rate a point or two !

  • Lord Whiteman

    If it wasn’t for MPBN I would never have heard the ultra conservative view points of William F Buckley or the Libertarian views of John McLaughlin. 
     Network TV just doesn’t have the business model that can  bring different points of view.
     The public option is needed for a democracy to function properly.

  • I’m waiting for the “fee for service” approach to be introduced for Maine highway maintenance.

    Having at least one public broadcasting network free from the scramble for advertising dollars is a profoundly good idea.

  • Anonymous

    Using the dums methods rather have radio than heath care.

    • Anonymous

      I assume you are referring to the healthcare that Anthem can now increase premiums on  at up to 10% per year – a free pass on price hikes without even having to justify it?  I believe that bargain was passed by the majority last fall and now they’ll be able to soak us like never before…  I don’t think our $1 per capita cost for MPBN will ever approach helping to pay for what the insurance companies have in store for us…

    • Guest

      Being a moderate, independent voter, I appreciate the fact that as the Republicans race headlong futher and further to the extreme right…. the Democrats have been moving closer to the center.

      • Anonymous

        As a moderate independent voter I find it egregious that my tax money is used to fund a broadcast corporation that is partisan.  Period.  It would be the same if my hard-earned money went to fund Fox, MSNBC, or CNN.

        • Guest

          Your are entitled to think any way you want to. I don’t think you sound very independent or moderate !

          • Anonymous

            I agree, he sounds about as moderate as you do

          • Guest

            You are certainly entitled to your opinion. I am sure the voters will decide this issue in 2014

          • Anonymous

            Indeed they will, but not sure how that has anything to do with your hypocrisy.

          • Guest

            What do you consider hypocrisy ? Anything that doesn’t come from Fox News ?

          • Anonymous

            Have you ever made a post that didnt say “you watch fox news”? I guess when you have nothing to say, throw out liberal talking points. Fox news is bias we all know. In a way, you are exactly like fox news….claiming to be something your not. No wonder you seem so fixated on them

            I know you are a big keith olbermann fan, and I know you must be upset that he got fired…again. But pointing out that you are one of the biggest hypocrits on bdn, doesnt come from fox news. You arent that important, get over yourself.

            In your own words, you are happy that republicans are moving to the right, and dems more to center….which is a joke on both accounts. However, saying that while claiming to be independant is a little bit dishonest, the claiming someone is not independant makes you a hypocrit.

            Again, sorry olbermann got fired, but you still have chris mathews

          • Guest

            I don’t watch Fox News and I don’t watch MSNBC. I’m an independent/moderate. I dislike extremism from both the left and the right. You sound exactly like a Right Wing Extremist to me. I can tell by the way you call anyone who disagrees with you a Leftist. Better go back and re-read my post, it seems you misquoted me. I am not happy that Republicans are moving the far extreme right ! To the contrary.. It saddens me !  Maybe what you don’t get is I don’t hear much extremism from the left here on Disqus ! What I do hear is a boatload of it comming from the far right. Most of which sounds exactly like Fox News talking points. Sorry but I have to call em the way I see em ! Do you perhaps have an Olberman fixation ?

  • Anonymous

    Wow!  penguin is starting to “move” the legislature.. Just like “Mongo” moved the slumbering herd in  “Blazing Saddles. ”     Flatulence as  tactic and agenda.  It seems to work for the flightless bird. Sort of:)

  • Superuser23

    “Political football” LePage is fitting to be one himself….

  • Anonymous

    Does 3 strikes mean you’re out???????

    • Guest

      Only in truly serious things like baseball. In the frivolous life of politics you can strike many times.

  • Anonymous

    This is a good call by the panel…

  • Anonymous

    Let those who want/use the service pay for it. Don’t take money from me by force to pay for something I don’t want, nor do I even receive.

    •  You do use it, its called the Emergency Broadcast System…

      • Anonymous

         EBS alerts go out over every station. 

        I Do not use MPBN, I cannot even recieve the TV channel now that its all digital. Why should I pay for a service im not receiving?

        • Anonymous

          Did you call MPBN and ask for help? I did and they were great. Try asking questions instead of whining and crying before you are hurt.

        •  MPBN is the only station (radio) that covers the entire state, it is many communities only radio station, thus their only link to EBS. I don’t get to use a State Police cruiser, but I understand the need to buy them. There are a million things that Local, State, and Feds give money to that not everyone uses. 

          • Anonymous

            Law enforcement is generally accepted as a core function of government.  Entertainment, infotainment, and progressive-biased news broadcasting is not a core function.

          • Anonymous

            Well said. Some here are trying to compare core functions of the government to public broadcasting which is far from a core function. People can certainly live without public broadcasting. Using the EBS argument is weak at best. Coverage is far and wide without public broadcasting. If the network was eliminate ALL of the commentary based programming, it would be more palatable. But the argument of using public dollars for any partisan programming doesn’t bode well with me.

    • Anonymous

      Alright, where’s my tax rebate for the Iraq war?

      • Anonymous

        You’d have to ask Obama about that.

    • Anonymous

      What about people that don’t use services that they pay from  ?  

      • Anonymous

        Great idea! Maybe we could now go to a “fee for service” taxation service in this state . Garbage removal, pay per bag. Use the school system? Pay tuition per child just like college. Public assistance, and or welfare? You reimburse the town after you get on your feet. Public safety? Everyone uses it or relies on it for security. Plowing? The public safety system needs plowed roads to respond to your emergency. Fee for service would never happen, because the people that use the system the most, cost the most and will never be able to pay it back. We already live in a socialistic society. 

        • Anonymous

          There are town in the United States that do charge people if the fire dept come to there house or accident an the same with rescue an what ever they use an the even get charged for the police to if they don’t pay than there bill is turn over to a collection agence

    • Guest

      Sherriff’s department. Roads in unorganized territories, fire protection for UT’s, Roads in Northern Maine, dinky airports in tiny towns… Hey, I’ve got a list, too.

      • Anonymous

         Please don;t make things up.  Fire protection in the UT is 100% funded by the landowners through the commercial forest excise tax.

  • Anonymous

    LePage isn’t getting much support these days. First his veto gets an override. Now this committee rejects one of his pet budget cuts. I guess everyone is looking out for their own political future.

    • Anonymous

      Geez, do you thnk they can read a calendar and know elections are coming?

    • Anonymous

      Its an election year. Legislators want to get re-elected this fall. They will do what they have to to assure they stay in. Whether they agree with the governor or not.

  • Read the article folks. If its accurate, then Lepage got a bi-partisan reduction in appropriations. You folks just like to crow !

    Now – though – wouldn’t that $1.7 million been nice to help out folks pay their oil bill or the gal in Blue Hill to pay her taxes ?

    • Anonymous

      So would the major tax breaks given to the haves. No one cared about the have nots when they supported that!

      • Anonymous

         Hard to give a tax break to people who don’t pay taxes.

  • Anonymous

    I am proud of the legistlature.  They are standing up to LaPage, and that is good!

  • Guest

    Where is my government funded right wing TV and Radio Station.????  So it is legal to have public funded liberal tv…. Everybody knows that Public Broadcasting is slanted to the liberal/progressive agenda… Heck AL Gore has gotten his foot up to the knee in them.

    • Anonymous

      The truth isn’t biased. So, no, “everybody” doesn’t know or accept your paranoia.

      • Guest

        Depends where you get you facts.. People paid to find proof that the sky is pink will always have their truths based on slanted facts.. Believe what you must.

        • Anonymous

          Don’t hit her so hard with the “truth stick”.  Eagles are a protected species.

    • Anonymous

      You have  Rush an otheres

      • Guest

        I never listen to him

        • Guest

          If you watch Fox News there is no need to listen to El Rushbo ! Peat and Repeat !

      • Anonymous

        Rush isn’t funded by taxpayers.

    • Guest

      MPBN isn’t left wing, they have always given both sides of an issue ! I am afraid it’s just your paranoia my friend that gotten the best of you !

      • Guest

        Of course it is liberal. It is Filled with bias/hate/and bigotry… They totally hate the Straight White Male and capitiolism. They only hire people on quota’s  Not on who is most skilled… prove any difference.

        • Anonymous

          Evidence, please…

        • Guest

          Wow ! You should apply for a job at Fox News ! You can tell quite a tale !

        • Anonymous

          HAHA! You poor victim. It must be hard being a straight white male.

      • Anonymous

        Check out the Jason Levesque – Mike Michaud debate.  Jennifer Rooks let Mike do whatever and always cut Jason off when the exact time was up.  Subtle but biased.  Bill Moyers worked for LBJ.  Frontline hasn’t done a single critical story on Obama (ok, maybe they did the one).  Count how many Bush-Cheney-Haliburton stories they did.  Gas is $4.00 a gallon and they take a complete pass.  They recently had a program on how to deal with the national debt crisis.  The narrator indicated one can raise taxes or reduce spending.  And then went on to say that the entire program would be focused on raising taxes.  You can like PBS and that’s cool.  You can donate to them and that’s great too.  But don’t subjugate those of us that disagree with PBS to fund it.

        • Guest

          Please don’t subjugate those of us who disagree with you. Your side represents the minority my friend !

      • Guest

        I think the truth may be left wing. See Webster, Summers, Poliquin, LePage, Nutting…..

  • RoostookGuy

    Unanimous support means that not everyone in Maine is dead set on the LePage race to the bottom !

  • Jake_OO7

    News FlASH: Big Bird kicks Lepage’s but$.

  • Anonymous

    This illustrates an important point. Lepage could have his electorate be 90% opposed to his idea but still try to push it.  Elected officials are supposed to do the will of the people not govern by personal agenda and disregard the people.

    • Guest

      I’m the people and I don’t want my tax money going to MPBN.

      • I am the people and I want to fund MPBN.

        • Anonymous

          No.  You are the people that want other people to fund your partisan news station.

        • Anonymous

           Feel free to write a big check and  send it to them.  I promise not to try and stop you.

          • Anonymous

            Or lobby the state government to fund it ;-)

    • I’m the people and I don’t want my tax money going to MPBN.

  • I do not want Maine government to tax me and give my money to MPBN.  

  • Thank you for funding public broadcasting.

  • Anonymous

    I would like to know what MPBN has to do with running a state.  

    • Guest

      You know, that’s a good, valid point. Having it or not having it probably says something about the state and its people. Something to think about.

  • Anonymous

    There are two or three conservative political commentators on PBS and twice as many liberal political SHOWS.  It should not be tax-payer funded.  If you like it then donate and that’s fine (at least while we still have choice).

    • Washington County

       I agree with you on the political slant by PBS, and wish they would leave politics out of the programs. I think they also have wonderful children’s programs and do allot of good for children.

  • Anonymous

    I value MPBN far more than I value our current governor and his salary.

  • Washington County

    I know we can’t keep using tax payers money for everything, but I do support MPBN programs. Over the years most of our children and now Grand kids have watched the programs provided on public broadcasting on  MPBN. I personally over the years have enjoyed the high school basketball tourney very much. I think this is an exception to the rule and needs to be supported by the State and by individual donations.

    • Anonymous

       You are free to donate as much as you like to it.  Knock yourself out.

  • Anonymous

    It’s the only statewide broadcasting network.  It is the primary outlet for Maine-based programming.  LePage wants to get rid of it because he wants to punch a statehouse reporter in the nose . . .

  • Anonymous

    John Martin-the most evil man in Augusta

  • Anonymous

    They run fund raisers all the time for MPBN. If you want it, donate to it, if you dont…dont. Shouldnt be forced to

  • Anonymous

    oops

  • Anonymous

    Instead of telling tax payers where there money will go, why don’t all of the people who want the state to fund MPBN donate money themselves? And yes, I do feel this way about many government services, it is after all the way it used to be.

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