Public broadcasting a winner in budget battle

The Legislature's public hearings last week showed the importance of public broadcasting in Alaska."

A legislative committee in Alaska Tuesday restored most, but not all, of the dramatic budget cuts made to public broadcasting in Alaska, but the Republican-led group mostly rebuffed restoration of numerous other cuts across a wide range of programs, Alaska Dispatch News reports.

A  cut of $1.7 million to public broadcasting was largely restored, with $1.5 million going back into the budget. The Finance Committee also restored $10 million in the University of Alaska budget but left it with a $25 million cut.