The head of WVPT in Harrisonburg plans to urge Virginia lawmakers to reject Gov. Bob McDonnell’s plan to eliminate public broadcasting from the state budget.

“[W]e will make our case with the General Assembly for funding the unique and valued services WVPT and our public broadcasting partners throughout Virginia provide,” David Mullins, president and general manager of the station, said in a statement released Wednesday.

“We understand that in this environment, the Governor has some tough decisions to make. However, this complete elimination of funding will have a direct impact on teachers, students and schools.”

McDonnell’s proposed $7 million cut to public broadcasting statewide would cost WVPT about $420,000 a year.