The South Carolina House of Representatives adopted a budget provision that would remove all of ETV’s money it receives through the General Fund. However, the network will make up much of its funding in other areas.
Rep. Kenny Bingham (R-Lexington) said ETV should receive money from its broadband network and rental fees for stations that use the state’s cell towers. Bingham said the revenue from those fees are currently going to the state Budget and Control Board.
The Legislature also voted to reroute money for ETV’s school services to the Department of Education, which would then pay ETV for the services. Bingham says the end result was a $150,000 cut overall.
At the end of the day, there’s zero budget in the General Fund. There’s about $150,000 less than they received last year, but they will operate just fine. Now it’s more honest in… their funding.
In her January State of the State Address, Governor Nikki Haley labeled stripping ETV’s funding as one of her priorities.