WASHINGTON, D.C. (WSAU) – Representative Sean Duffy says National Public Radio should be given a chance to stand on its own before funding is cut off.
Duffy joined just 6 other Republicans in voting against the bill to defund National Public Radio last week. Duffy says an all at once approach isn’t fair to local radio, especially ones in rural areas like most of the 7th district. “If we're gonna cut them back, let's do it over time, let's not just pull the rug out from under them immediately.”
Duffy says a majority of rural public radio stations get most of their funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. While many stations are turning towards more traditional sources of income like local sponsors and advertising, he says many don't have the resources in place to make the switch right now.
While Duffy says he's against cutting off funding, that isn't to mean he's against budget cuts. “The Corporation for Public Broadcasting is no sacred cow, but for rural communities - such as those in Wisconsin, and my district in particular - public broadcasting plays a critical role.”
Duffy says he'll work to help make cuts in the over all budget, but that NPR still provides a useful service to the region. “...there must be a balance between cutting spending and maintaining funding that accomplishes valuable priorities.”