AUGUSTA – The Maine Public Broadcasting Network, which faced a $4 million cut over two years in the state budget proposed by Gov. Paul LePage, would lose only $200,000 in state funding under a plan endorsed by the Legislature’s Appropriations Committee late Thursday night.

Rep. Ken Fredette, R-Newport, said there were concerns about cutting all state funding for the statewide radio and television network because of the emergency broadcast services it provides.

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He said the language approved by the committee calls for a report to lawmakers in January to determine whether there is federal money available to pay for those services.

Until then, the network would get $2 million from the state in the year that starts July 1, and $1.8 million in the next year.

The network had said that the $4 million cut over two years represented nearly 20 percent of its operating budget.

The committee’s House Chairman Patrick Flood, R-Winthrop, said the MPBN vote got the committee “through a bit of an impasse” as budget negotiations continued into the night.