AUGUSTA, Maine — Officials with the Maine Public Broadcasting Network say they plan to fight a proposal by Gov. Paul LePage to eliminate all state funding.

The Republican governor said during a visit to South Paris last week that state finding for MPBN is “corporate welfare.”

MPBN gets about $1.9 million of its $11.2 million operating budget from the state.

President and CEO Mark Vogelzang told Maine Today Media that cutting that much money would seriously diminish the network’s mission of serving the entire state. MPBN has five TV stations and seven radio stations.

Some listeners and viewers say MPBN serves a crucial function. Darcy Halvorsen of South Portland says the network provides important news and information to the people of Maine, especially those who do not have cable.