Reporting Jason DeRusha
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – I’ve gotten tons of emails about the record fine BP will pay because of the oil spill: $4.5 million.
Randy from River Falls, Norm in Montevideo, and Bill of St. Paul asked: Where does the BP fine money go?
It’s part criminal fine, part settlement.
For the fine part, a little more than $1 billion will go to the Coast Guard. They have an Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund, which pays out claims for cleanup after spills.
Some $2.4 billion will go to the Gulf Coast for wildlife and coastal restoration.
And then $350 million will go to fund research and training to improve oil spill prevention and response efforts.
Sheila Wurtzberger from Sleepy Eye, Minn., asked: Does the first lady get a salary?
Absolutely not. She has a staff, though. About 25 people. Not much different from when Laura Bush was first lady. The highest paid staffer is her chief of staff who makes $172,000.
Kurt Lawarson from Minneapolis wondered: How much of every show is a commercial?
This hasn’t changed much over the past decade. Every half hour block is 22 minutes of show, 8 minutes of commercial.
In Europe, the government limits ads to 12 minutes per hour. Here, we have 16 minutes per hour.