State Agency Shutting Down, Can't Sustain Itself

A North Carolina state agency that created videos for state government and got public service announcements on television is closing its doors in April because of cash flow problems.

The Department of Administration announced Wednesday the Agency for Public Telecommunications will shut down effective April 9.

Administration Secretary Moses Carey said it was a difficult decision but the agency couldn't generate adequate revenue to cover its expenses.

The agency opened its doors in 1979. The Legislature ended state funding for the agency and told it to become self-sustaining.

Director Ivy Hoffman said the transition had been successful but needed a couple hundred thousand dollars to cover its bills until revenues arrived in the spring.

Eleven people work at the agency, which also produced a statewide call-in show.

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  • by CR Location: GVILLE on Feb 17, 2012 at 05:30 AM
    Why do State agencies need to advertise in the first place????
  • by PC MAD on Feb 17, 2012 at 05:10 AM
    It NEVER sustained itself to begin with. Taxpayers sustained these deadbeats with a pie job and pension.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 16, 2012 at 01:31 PM
    I think this is a great template for any state agency, including the legislature, if you can not pay your own way. shut the doors. should apply to the federal government as well.
  • by Citizen Location: Kinston on Feb 16, 2012 at 11:16 AM
    Not surprised. We have to keep cutting in order to feed, educate and provide health care to the masses who are here illegally. I guess everybody will continue to sit back and be totally oblivious to the problem.
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      by MeToo on Feb 16, 2012 at 01:20 PM in reply to Citizen
      Yes, illegals on welfare ARE a problem, but nothing compared to our native born welfare population. At least most of the illegals work too.Many pay in to the tax system via a fictitious social security numbers and the government just keeps that moeny. The navites are sucking us dry, and produce nothing of value whatsoever, unless you consider destroying the effectiveness of the school system, making more welfare babies, and spreading litter productive activities...
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        by Citizens on Feb 16, 2012 at 09:26 PM in reply to MeToo
        It's true, we do have our own degenerates to support. It's even more reason why we shouldn't be burdened with millions who have no right to be here with their hands held out to begin with. We can't deport legal citizens, so we're stuck with our own. We can enforce our laws and send millions packing who are overloading our system. Btw, illegals are taking more than they are contributing.
  • by Tommy on Feb 16, 2012 at 08:23 AM
    if the state wants to cut back they need to cut at the DMV there is more waist and non bussiness friendly people working there and trying to make it hard for people in the auto bussiness to stay in business.
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      by hehehaha on Feb 16, 2012 at 10:29 AM in reply to Tommy
      you got that right.... more WAIST in the dmv...hehehe along with other state agencies....hahaha...
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      by Dave on Feb 16, 2012 at 10:31 AM in reply to Tommy
      Tommy, I both disagree and agree with you. I don't think there is a lot of "waste," per se, in the DMV, but yes, some of the branches need to fire the less-friendly workers and replace them with folks who are more understanding. I will say this, though: the state has the low-level workers on such a leash that it is difficult for them to have much leeway on anything that they basically have to be robots. The state really needs to let state workers do their jobs because most of them WANT to.
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        by Obama Snake Oil Co on Feb 16, 2012 at 11:13 AM in reply to Dave
        Privatize them, problem resolved, case closed.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 16, 2012 at 08:08 AM
    If that is the case the global transpark should have been shut down 20 years ago. Still millions of dollars are going every year to the empty fields in Kinston. Do the math. negative numbers beyond belief.
  • by Al on Feb 16, 2012 at 07:36 AM
    Isn't there state owned public television that could help out with this. I really think a lot more duties could be combined. I don't want to see anyone lose their job but I can't afford to support everyone except myself and my family. After all that is the only reason I tear myself out of my bed every morning.
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      by Ran on Feb 16, 2012 at 10:11 AM in reply to Al
      Al, first, which duties do you think could be combined? You can't just say vague things like "I think a lot of duties could be combined" without giving specifics. Or do you not know enough about it to give specifics? Also, there is no state-owned public television programming. That's federal money, and it's very little nowadays. The grand majority of public television money now comes from donations, unfortunately. Our government should fund public television more and the military less.
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        by PC MAD on Feb 17, 2012 at 05:13 AM in reply to Ran
        You sir have lost your mind. If liberals want their special programming and air time, let it come out of YOUR pocket. Liberals are great at spending other people's money.
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          by Obama Snake Oil Co on Feb 17, 2012 at 05:48 AM in reply to PC MAD
          He, liberals did, it was called Air America....we all know what happened to them....but they still have NPR the station that fired Juan Williams...Juan says they have no more black workers on the staff...sounds racist to me..
  • by Dave Location: Winterville on Feb 16, 2012 at 06:58 AM
    Here is the irony: this agency previously saved the state money by being the go-to shop for making advertisements for other state agencies and programs. Compared to private businesses, advertisement rates were a steal. So now, you can expect other state agencies to need considerably funds for advertising. So much for the so-called "savings" from de-funding this agency.
  • by ralphie Location: ahoskie on Feb 16, 2012 at 06:32 AM
    I am curious- an agency that makes videos for the state, is supposed to make a "profit"... from what customers? The state! It really does look like it is beyond arguable that democrats are nothing more than crazy moron freaks with minds of four year olds!
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      by Dave on Feb 16, 2012 at 07:16 AM in reply to ralphie
      Ralphie, the "customers" were other state agencies. Different agencies have different budgets allocated to them from the General Assembly, so if a state agency needs advertising, it uses part of its budget to fund the budget of the advertisement agency. The idea was that rather than going to a private business that would charge them more, they would make an in-house agency for advertisements to cut out the middleman and save money. And these are advertisements that *must* be made regardless, so you can expect advertisement budgets to go *up* in the state without this agency. This agency was a money-saver, not a drain.
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        by gee on Feb 16, 2012 at 09:10 AM in reply to Dave
        Dave your reasoning is sound and in a common sense world you would be right. However, it seems that having the government (local, state or national) take over a function and remove it from the private sector never saves money.
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          by Dave on Feb 16, 2012 at 10:28 AM in reply to gee
          To "Gee": that depends on a lot of factors. First, I would argue that bloated government programs are more a federal government issue than state. A lot of the horror stories you hear are federal. Second, yes, this agency looked like a money drain on paper, but the alternative will be worse. The problem is that few people are around who knew what the alternative was before this agency existed. My experience has been this: moving a function to private sector tends to immediately save money but the costs grow significantly more over time because government has less control over it and is at the whim of the private sector.
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          by Anonymous on Feb 16, 2012 at 02:16 PM in reply to gee
          gee, a good example is how FedEx and UPS make millions per year doing the same thing the USPS lose millions each year doing.
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        by realphie on Feb 16, 2012 at 11:51 AM in reply to Dave
        Hmmm, thanks dave. I guess what should have happened, is every one that had need of videos, go to ONE place and have them do it. Whatever, eh?
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          by Dave on Feb 16, 2012 at 02:31 PM in reply to realphie
          Ralphie, yeah, having just one place for most major video production (unless it was something really simple, of course) was the idea. That way, state agencies wouldn't have to hire as many video engineers. Now, state agencies will either have to hire video specialists (which makes sense for those that make tons of videos) or contract with a private company (which makes sense for those who only have video needs on an irregular basis). In both those cases, it will cost more than it would have just to have a state agency dedicated to video production. That's why I said the General Assembly needs to be more careful about its cuts because some "cuts" will cost us more, not less.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 16, 2012 at 05:14 AM
    I'll never understand how people can be happy when others are losing their jobs. It's not something to be grateful for. We need to raise taxes, and that's just the end of it. Sales tax, should be the first, followed by income tax on the rich. Then you can look at cuts, and fixing spending issues, seeing if there are areas where money is truly being wasted.
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      by ralphie on Feb 16, 2012 at 06:30 AM in reply to
      Do you ever listen to yourself? People are broke, hurting, losing jobs, we must raise taxes? How crazy are you freaks? Government stealing money is not helping ANYTHING. Get the government back to doing its job, and ONLY its job, and the government will have enough money while able to CUT TAXES
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        by Anonymous on Feb 16, 2012 at 07:06 AM in reply to ralphie
        You're post is a contradiction in a way. The people who are broke, hurting and losing jobs are not the rich, they can afford more taxes, those taxes would then go to funding departments which would keep people employed, which would keep them from being broke, hurting and losing their jobs. Sales tax can also be increased. Not by 10% or anything drastic, but I wouldn't mind seeing it go up by half a percent. I see you're woefully irrational though. It's fairly obvious since you think collecting income taxes is theft by the government when it's perfectly constitutional. And the government doesn't need to lower taxes unless it's on the middle-class, and that can't happen until the rich actually start paying a reasonable amount in taxes. I'd say 39% over 340,000$ is fair, but that is under the impression that they don't get a refund and that they actually pay the entire 39%.
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          by Obama Snake Oil Co on Feb 16, 2012 at 08:54 AM in reply to
          So you go after the the rich that pay most of the taxes in the US? Drop all taxes, creat a new one 15% accross the board so everyone will be paying for the same America and the same NC. In case you hadn't heard, we are fed up with the nonsense that the rich will save us in this country, they cannot, they don't have enough money to do that, not even pay off the deficit let alone the interrest on the debt. What I say is fair, if everybody pay for it and not rely on any class, now get over yourself and your liberal idealogogy, it doesn't work, get over it, start a new sentence.
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          by Anonymous on Feb 16, 2012 at 11:36 AM in reply to
          I must question if the rich really do pay the most taxes in the US. How much are they getting in tax-cuts and refunds and benefits? I think of it this way, most companies pay more for lobbyist than they do taxes, how anybody can not find fault with that, Democrat or Republican, I just cannot understand. And flat taxes are in no way fair, especially to the poor. I'm not asking the rich to pay off our debt, or to 'save' the country, I'm asking them to stop being such little children when they don't get their way and actually have to feel the effects of the economy like everybody else does.
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          by ralphie on Feb 16, 2012 at 11:55 AM in reply to
          raising sales taxes hurts the poor the most. The poor do not pay income tax and the poor also do not hire folks. A booming economy has more people paying more taxes. The complex tax mess we have now, was designed in bits by dems to get folks to do things, based on ability to avoid taxes- the deductions... Make it simple- straight out ten percent of what anyone makes. Bam- BOOM TIME CITY. No ability to cheat either.
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          by Obama Snake Oil Co on Feb 16, 2012 at 01:52 PM in reply to
          You want whats fair, well, thats fair. We have people that don't file taxes, they work under the table, we have illegals using our schools and hospitals not paying in fact, their girlfriends baby is getting a check in NC, we have drug dealers not paying taxes. Sales tax, except food is exempt. The poor don't pay for food, we give them free food, housing and welfare. I am talking about we as working Americans need to pay for America in a fair way. You want to own more, its cost more. Just think of the money you would save on gas alone and food. And don't question what the rich pay, its listed at the CBO. Right now, there are more dissinformational liberal sites spewing about the rich to hide the spending in the background, while in the meantime, 5 trillion has been added to the debt we owe. If you are OK with that, consider, we are taking loans from the Chinese to pay the interrest alone. Also, if you stole all the assets from all the rich in America, you couldn't pay the deficit we have for just this year. Its got to be the rest of us, all of us, paying something to make it fair.
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      by chill on Feb 16, 2012 at 09:08 AM in reply to
      Did you say we need to raise taxes? We need to tax the illegals and others that get everything free. We already know where the waste is .Big GOVERMENT.
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        by m on Feb 16, 2012 at 10:30 AM in reply to chill
        Raise the taxes to an even 20% flat for everyone. let the military keep what they capture or make so no one else can ever use it and call it the day.
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        by Anonymous on Feb 16, 2012 at 11:37 AM in reply to chill
        Make them legal citizens and then tax them as well, it wont hurt my feelings to see them contribute more to the economy. And in a way, I agree. Big government is a waste, which is why we need significant cuts to the military. I'd say start with 10% and then move up to 25% of the annual defense budget for the next 5 years.
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