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Idaho Media Uses Capitol Rent Free

Idaho taxpayers are landlords of the Capitol in Boise, but it looks like they are getting stiffed on rent. Some of the biggest names in Idaho media – the Associated Press, the Idaho Statesman, the Idaho Press-Tribune, the Spokesman-Review, the Twin Falls Times-News, and the Post Register, among others – are allowed to have free, private office space in the Statehouse funded by taxpayers. The reporters are members of the Capitol Correspondents Association (CCA), which is granted credentialing authority by the Idaho Legislature in Joint Rule 14.  When news workers join the CCA, they pay a $10 fee for supplies and are granted some perks, including exclusive access to floor session of the House and Senate, along with free, private office space in the garden level of the Capitol/Dustin Hurst, Idaho Reporter. More here.

Question: Should Idaho media pay for rent for their office space in the Capitol?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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