Posts tagged: Capitol press corps
RE: Idaho media uses Capitol space rent free/Dustin Hurst, Idaho Reporter
Dustin, the space is not ours; it belongs to Legislative Services, which chooses to make it available to us during the session. The Legislature long has done this as a matter of public interest; it's in the public's interest that the business of the legislative session gets reported to the public. Lobbyists, who are here to represent their own interests and clients, rent a room in the capitol and pay for it. In the past, in addition to the rent-free press work space for use during the session, there were several news outlets that also rented year-round space in the Capitol: The Associated Press, the Idaho Statesman, Idaho Public Television and NPR-Boise State Public Radio/Betsy Russell, Idaho Press Club president. More here.
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?