Do You Want Your State and Local Taxe...

Do You Want Your State and Local Taxes Raised to Bail Out The Port Authority?

Created by The Pollster on Jun 16, 2010

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Foibles of the Old Man

Vandergrift, PA

#42 Jul 20, 2010
Hey, even I wouldn't deny the Old Cynic a free bus ride!

Since: Jul 10

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#43 Jul 20, 2010
I woukd. Most other cities have kids and seniors pay a reduced fare.

What cracks me up is students here (who are going to be taxpayers in a few short years) have to shell out $2.00 or more for a bus ride to school. But seniors (who haven't been taxpayers for a long time) get to ride for free.

If anyone needs a break, it should be the next generation of taxpayers.

Make the nannies and pappies pay a buck, its not going to kill them. Maybe they'll stop using the bus two or three times each day as a social outing like they do now and stick to using it only when they have something to do.
the defender

Allison Park, PA

#44 Jul 20, 2010
First of all seniors pay taxes, and they pay taxes on their properties. They have been paying taxes all of their lives. Give them a break already. The students don't have to pay the $2.00, let them walk to school or car pool like many students do. The bottom line is, make everyone, including seniors pay, and no reduced rates for anyone. Make it fair and equitable across the board. No more free rides or handouts. The problem isn't the people who ride the buses, the problem is the PAT with their fat salaries and benefits.
reality sets in

Pittsburgh, PA

#45 Jul 21, 2010
I guess that reality is sinking in!! I love this comment: The service cuts, which the authority is blaming on inadequate state funding, would affect every route in the Port Authority system, spokesman Jim Ritchie said. At least 500 of the authority's 2,700 employees would lose their jobs.

Believe me, it's not inadequate state funding, it's piss poor management. They seen this coming years ago, but continued to fleece the golden goose, the taxpayer. You can't put 10 pounds of shytt in a 5 pound bag!!

It's time that they are brought to their knees and brought back to reality.

If they think the legislature is coming back in session on an election year, they are crazier than I thought.

But they will continue to spend 33 million dollars for new buses, and a half a billion for the North Shore connector. Does this make sense? I think not!!

“Rickroll me I dare you.”

Since: Nov 08

Location hidden

#47 Jul 21, 2010
the defender wrote:
First of all seniors pay taxes, and they pay taxes on their properties.
Income taxes, man. They don't pay income taxes. You know what? The folks on welfare that fringe righties like to complain about pay taxes, too. But that's not what we're talking about. The next generation of taxpayers has to pay full fare in Pittsburgh while all these seniors on welfare get free rides. This just doesn't make sense.
the defender wrote:
They have been paying taxes all of their lives. Give them a break already. The students don't have to pay the $2.00, let them walk to school or car pool like many students do.
http://www.portauthority.org/PAAC/FaresPasses...

Children over the age of 12 (the only ones that would probably be taking the bus to school anyway), are defined as adults and required to pay the full fare. How'd them apples? PAT takes a crap on the next generation of taxpayers in favor of a growing segment of former taxpayers, almost all of which are already receiving welfare handouts from the government. This just doesn't make sense.
the defender wrote:
The problem isn't the people who ride the buses, the problem is the PAT with their fat salaries and benefits.
I can agree with you there. But giving seniors a free ride is a significant part of the problem. During rush hour, there's no seniors on the bus. But as soon as their $2.00 fare turns into a freebie, the buses are full of them. Many of them use the bus as their social event for the day. If they had to actually pay for it, that would end in a heartbeat.
rediculous

Pittsburgh, PA

#48 Jul 22, 2010
That's right "flex" the highway funds so that the PAT gets saved again!! The bottomless pit wins again. In the meantime, roads will crumble and bridges will close or fall down because tax and spend Ed Rendell takes the money earmarked for those much needed projects and repairs on roads and bridges. Wake up taxpayers of Pennsylvania. We are getting shafted again. They keep crying wolf and get away with it!!
skeptical

Allison Park, PA

#49 Jul 23, 2010
Shut them down and bring them to their knees.
Quote

Allison Park, PA

#50 Aug 1, 2010
Read my lips!!!!! No new taxes!!! Let the PAT get pared down to some cost savings and profitablity with what they got and take in.
Down With The PAT

Allison Park, PA

#51 Aug 6, 2010
The best comment on raising taxes for the PAT:

The Democratic governor faces some tough critics who don't want to raise taxes -- especially if it's to support Allegheny County's mass transit -- when mass transit in their own areas is doing fine.

"We're not sending them $50 million a year because of their bloated bureaucracy," said Sen. Don White, a Republican from the 41st District.
Marcia Neil

United States

#52 Aug 6, 2010
SunsFanAZ wrote:
I woukd. Most other cities have kids and seniors pay a reduced fare.
What cracks me up is students here (who are going to be taxpayers in a few short years) have to shell out $2.00 or more for a bus ride to school. But seniors (who haven't been taxpayers for a long time) get to ride for free.
If anyone needs a break, it should be the next generation of taxpayers.
Make the nannies and pappies pay a buck, its not going to kill them. Maybe they'll stop using the bus two or three times each day as a social outing like they do now and stick to using it only when they have something to do.
Pittsburgh is not your usual urban environment.
Fact Of The Matter

Pittsburgh, PA

#53 Aug 9, 2010
More than 80 percent of the nationís transit systems are considering or have recently enacted fare increases or service cuts, including those in Kansas City, Mo., Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C., according to a survey released this month by the American Public Transportation Association. Why should the PAT be any different?
Rex Wayne

Belle Vernon, PA

#54 Aug 9, 2010
Screw PAT and it's CEO and the overpaid drivers, etc. PAT always needs bailed out. Time for the private sector to take over and put these slezebags on notice.
mao tse tung

Harleysville, PA

#55 Aug 9, 2010
Maybe China can buy the port authority!
ss shuffle

Pittsburgh, PA

#56 Aug 10, 2010
Tom Murphy wrote:
<quoted text>When is the connector supposed to be finished? 2050?
More than likely!! Maybe when the price tag hits one trillion dollars. It is already over 500 million (half trillion)!!!! What a waste of money.
Absurdities of Da Burgh

Vandergrift, PA

#57 Aug 10, 2010
ss shuffle wrote:
<quoted text>
More than likely!! Maybe when the price tag hits one trillion dollars. It is already over 500 million (half trillion)!!!! What a waste of money.
$500 MILLION is a half BILLION, you ignorant arse! What a waste of an education, assuming you were provided one!
Resident

Pittsburgh, PA

#58 Aug 11, 2010
So, where's the money from the drink tax?
Big Dan O tried to spend it elasewhere and a judge stopped him.
So why isn't the PA getting that money?
PAT Critic

Pittsburgh, PA

#59 Aug 12, 2010
Resident wrote:
So, where's the money from the drink tax?
Big Dan O tried to spend it elasewhere and a judge stopped him.
So why isn't the PA getting that money?
From my understanding the 44 million dollar deficit is still that high even after earmarking the money from the drink tax. Like someone else said, the more you give them, the more they spend!! A bottomless pit!!!
Marcia Neil

United States

#60 Aug 12, 2010
Business-school interests have taken control of the Archaeological Institute of America -- your local chapter will be tirelessly included in school-linked funding-diversion efforts, as well.
The Hopper

Allison Park, PA

#62 Aug 17, 2010
PAT Critic wrote:
<quoted text>
From my understanding the 44 million dollar deficit is still that high even after earmarking the money from the drink tax. Like someone else said, the more you give them, the more they spend!! A bottomless pit!!!
How true that statement is!! They just keep putting their hands out for more!!!!
Marcia Neil

United States

#63 Aug 25, 2010
And/or, search all the classrooms in the school system and if even one student/teacher flush-desk seating arrangement is found (as in one murder = no salary) reduce all teacher/administrator paychecks to 1950s levels or further back in time. Then give nickel-and-dime raises the way factory-workers are compensated.

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