We don’t know if Congress and the president will cut a deal yet to avoid the series of automatic spendign cuts called the “sequester,” but we know either way, Idaho is going to see some effects in the long term. As both Republicans and Democrats pointed out at the McClure Center’s Symposium on Fiscal Issues last week, substantial cuts are going to have to be made. Watch the hour-long highlight show here.
If no deal is reached, the sequestration cuts will begin to go into effect at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time Friday – about an hour after our show airs that night. But we’re going to do our best to try to get at what the whole discussion may mean for us here at home.
If you haven’t had a chance to see the White House’s description of what could happen in Idaho should the sequester cuts go into effect, you can read it here.
Also, this is my last week as a full-time Idaho Public Television employee — I start my new job as the associate vice president of communications and marketing at Boise State University next week — so we’ve been making some changes on the show to bridge the gap.
This week, EarthFix reporter Aaron Kunz, already a regular on the show, will sit down for the “Newsmaker” interview with Lt. Gov. Brad Little. We’ll have a weekly recap from longtime Idaho Reports regular Betsy Russell, whose Spokesman-Review blog Eye on Boise is one of the best ways anyone can follow the ins and outs of the session. And Twin Falls Times-News reporter Melissa Davlin, who has been doing a great job as an occasional pundit, picks up my weekly interviews with members of the large freshman class in the House. She talks with Rep. Steven Miller, R-Fairfield, this week.
I’ll still host the show, and guide the “Pundit” discussions, for a while.