IPTV budget cut, but not as much as Otter wanted




BOISE, Idaho (AP) _ The television station that broadcasts the
Legislature and Sesame Street's Big Bird across Idaho appears
likely to escape budget cuts of the magnitude Gov. C.L. ``Butch''
demanded at the start of the 2010 session.

The Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee on Tuesday voted 19-0
to set Idaho Public Television's government funding at $2.413
million, down 8.3 percent from the current fiscal year.

Just 16 percent, or $269,000, is being trimmed from the state
taxpayers' share, half of Otter's Jan. 11 proposal when he
announced plans to phase out state taxpayer support by 2014.

Otter originally said government-backed TV had grown
superfluous, but the Republican chief later said his proposed
phase-out came only after public TV manager Peter Morrill didn't
respond adequately to his demands for austerity in late 2009.

Morrill said Tuesday he's doing his best to meet Otter's

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