There is no elegant way to fit this in a televised discussion, especially because I hate interrupting the pundits, but I wanted to address a conflict of interest in case state employee compensation comes up again this week.
Aaron and I, as well as our producer Seth and the whole Idaho Reports gang, are state employees, and Idaho Public Television is a state agency. The funding structure for public television includes contributions from viewers, grants, and state money. None of this is a secret, of course (and like all state employees, our salaries are public information) but I prefer to over-disclose.
And if anyone is interested, Idaho Public Television’s budget presentation is next Friday.
In other news, it’s been a busy week at the legislature, and it’s only going to get busier from here on out. We’re already up to our ears in projects, but if there is something you’re especially interested in seeing on the show, shoot us a note. My e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to hear from you.