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On 2/5/95, Larry  Jarvik wrote:
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> PBS is not free. It is
>supported by local, state, and federal taxes as well as by corporate sponsors
>and station donors. In this way, it actually is more costly than commercial
>television or cable, which get no tax dollars.
But on commercial stations the advertising production costs and fees for
the air time are paid for by the sponsors, which only increases the cost of
the products being advertised.  That  in turn means that we also have to
pay more sales tax on the item.
--Richard J. Leskosky
Richard J. Leskosky                     office phone: (217) 244-2704
Assistant Director                      FAX: (217) 244-2223
Unit for Cinema Studies                 University of Illinois