While Boise and Treasure Valley politicos are off at Sun Valley being indoctrinated by the Chamber of Commerce, the Idaho Business Review broke a story in the current edition detailing big buck salaries at the CCDC, (Capital City Development Corp.).
Reporter Lora Volkert details $10,000 annual raises the past two years for CCDC Director Phil Kushlan, bringing his salary to $127,820. The director of Planning and Development services for the ENTIRE CITY, Bruce Chatterton, makes a paltry $104,400 by comparison. Others at the agency are paid handsomely as well, according to the story.
Turns out Kushlan makes more than most state of Idaho department heads including the Guv, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, and every mayor in the state.
In what can be described only as a masterful stroke of timing, the IBR published their front page expose’ of the high paying jobs in the same issue that carried a slick advertising insert paid for by the Downtown Business Association.
The CCDC is currently subject of a City Council mandated audit. No doubt the salaries will be subject of discussions following the audit. Taxpayer funded membership in the exclusive private Arid Club for Kushlan was recently revoked when it was made public.
We have also heard what sound like paid advertising spots on Boise State public radio. The GUARDIAN donates to public radio, but we question the propriety of a city urban renewal agency sending taxpayer money to the station.
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