President Donald Trump’s 2018 budget eliminates funding for 19 agencies, including the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Legal Services Corp.
In his first budget proposal released Thursday, Trump is cutting discretionary spending to pay for an increase in defense spending and a wall on the Mexican border, according to the Washington Post and USA Today.
Of course it’ll be up to Congress to reconcile the president’s proposals with the wishes of the electorate. If a recent national voter survey on support for public broadcasting is any clue, there’s a big fight brewing.
Seventy-three percent of voters are against eliminating federal funding for public television. Republicans are against it by a margin of nearly 2-1. (62 percent to 32 percent.)