Thank you for your overwhelming response to our plea for financial support to help bridge WFIU’s shortfall.
We are very close to reaching our goal and are confident that with the two weeks left in this fiscal year, we will be successful. Your generous contributions will cover the loss of our fourth quarter state appropriation and the decrease in individual giving. What a relief!
The future still remains murky. Indiana’s General Assembly adjourned without agreeing on a new state budget and necessitating a special session that hopefully will result in a budget for the next fiscal year.
Public broadcasting stations as well as universities and other entities still don’t know the status of their future allocations. We are prepared for a slight reduction to our allocation which is natural considering the shape of the state economy.
The Governor’s proposed budget, unfortunately, eliminates state funding to public broadcasting for the next two years. This could deal a severe blow to public broadcasting, particularly in areas of local service.
However, we are not without friends in the statehouse. Indiana public broadcasting stations continue to garner support in both the House and Senate from Republicans and Democrats alike. It seems that Hoosiers understand the value of public broadcasting to the state of Indiana, and this greatly inspires us to continue providing our services.
We heartily thank you for all you do for WFIU. Times are very tough, but it’s at times like these that you know who your loyal friends are. I hope to have positive news to print in our August issue of Directions in Sound.