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Street Talk 001: Government pay raises Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Introducing: Street Talk

Today I'm launching "Street Talk," a ground-level survey of people's views on recent news. Click on the "play" button (little triangle) on the strip above to hear today's

In today's program, I ask Portlanders what they think of Governor Kulongoski's recent announcement that the directors of state agencies will be getting raises of 21 to 24 percent over the next two years. You can read more on the story in The Oregonian.

I may be biting off more than I can chew, but I'm going to try to produce one of these per week. We'll see how that goes. Tuesday worked well this week, but I can't promise that it will be consistent. It will probably be a bit too local for my international audience, but that's what the people around here care about.

And yeah, the name's not very original, but I had to come up with something in a hurry. If you have a better idea, leave a comment.

Today's program is a little over three minutes long, just because that's the amount of material I had. Let me know if it's too long, too short, or just boring.

(below) The lot at SW Alder and 9th is a favorite source of quick food for workers in downtown Portland.


Anonymous said...

Your podcast was great, just the right length. It's sad to hear that some folks had no idea of the raise. Over 20% is too much considering that most folks get a 4% to 6% raise each year. Keep up the good work! Will you continue to focus on the government or will you stay with current issues? I'd be curious to know how the folks of PDX feel about green issues, like petro alternatives or carbon offsets...

Matthew said...

Thanks for the support. You wouldn't believe how many people said "that's the first I've heard of it," or "I don't know anything about the issue," especially considering the amount of coverage it got in the local news: The Oregonian, OPB radio, TV news stations, etc. I could put together a podcast of just the "I dunno's" ... maybe I will.

The show doesn't really have much of a focus yet ... just whatever current topics I think people will have an opinion about on the day in question.

I'm on the road for the next two Tuesdays. I'm going to try to put something together anyway, but it won't be Portland-related. I'll keep your ideas in mind for future topics when I return.