Initially, they were going to cut $115 million but now they have reduced that to a cut of $95 million. This still eliminates several NPR programs, including their initiative to help fund a transition to digital radio and two early learning programs, Ready to Learn and Ready to Teach. In addition, the committee has not made a commitment to fund the CPB in the future, which is unusual and could mean a complete cut of funding in 2009.
There was a similar attempt to drastically cut funding to public radio last year, but a huge swell of grassroots support put a stop to it. It sounds like that will be necessary again this year.
So, I plan to email my representative today, and I encourage anyone reading this to do the same.
For more info:
LA Times article
Oh, and I know there's that annoying, years-old email forward that goes around about cuts to NPR. This is the real thing, not a ghost in cyberspace.