House Bill 579 – Idaho Public Television

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Bill description: Idaho Public Television, Fiscal Year 2021 appropriation

Idaho Public Television provides real-time coverage of the Idaho Legislature and Supreme Court hearings. If that were its only function, there would be an argument that it deserves public support and that portion of the budget should be separated from the balance of Idaho Public Television’s work. 

Though it varies year to year, about 31 percent of this budget comes from the General Fund (FY21 request). 

Although the request for FY21 is a reduction from Fiscal Year 2020 (largely due to the large purchase of one-time items in FY20), this comes after years of budget growth, from $2.3 million in FY16 to $2.7 million for the FY21 General Fund request.