Parson proposes change in state oversight of public radio, TV

Gov. Mike Parson’s restructuring of the state government includes moving the Missouri Arts Council, the Missouri Humanities Council and public television and radio oversight to the Lieutenant Governor’s Office.

The move would increase Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe’s office from eight to 23 employees. Kehoe’s budget would balloon to $9.7 million from $590,000. There is no talk that the move will be used to decrease funding for the affected divisions.

The change is part of Parson’s commitment to restructuring and refocusing the duties of the Missouri Department of Economic Development, which was previously in charge of oversight for public TV and radio. A spokesperson for the DED said the divisions are not planning to change their operations under the oversight of the Lieutenant Governor’s Office.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch


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