District 58 Rep. Rita Martinson faces uphill battle in trying to cut MBP funds

THE ODDS seem to be stacked against District 58 Rep. Rita Martinson’s effort to cut funding for Mississippi Public Broadcasting (MPB).

Martinson is proposing HB 742, a bill that would phase out state funding for educational television and radio over the course of the next five years.

While many conservatives are opposed to funding MPB, Martinson has had little luck in getting House Republicans to sign on to the measure.

Martinson said conservative members of the Mississippi House of Representatives were recently given a chance to co-sponsor the bill, however no lawmakers signed on. She believes legislators were hesitant to sign on because 2011 is an election year.

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