The Statesman (April 22) tells us Teresa Luna is being kept on the payroll as a “program specialist” at a salary of $95,000. State Sen. Dean Cameron, chair of the Legislature’s joint budget committee, apparently was not aware of the “appointment” until after it happened. He was quoted as saying, “Boy, that’s news to me.” Ms. Luna, in another capacity, “... continued forward on the collapsed broadband contract despite legal questions, extending it to 2019 without telling lawmakers.” Who’s in charge here ... Ms. Luna? What does a “program specialist” do that’s worth $95,000 to all the people of Idaho? Why not take that money and fix Notus school? (Along that line, why didn’t the governor use some common sense and include the health department to inspect the school?) This is just another example of the self-serving approach of many of those in high state office.
On the news we often hear that Idaho is “last in this and 48th in that and 42nd in something else.” In the race to the bottom, Idaho is winning. And that will be the legacy of this administration and especially those at the top, where the buck stops (but the self-serving money flows).
Jack Stevens, Boise