Transit Funding is a More Important Public Priority Than Arts and Culture Funding
There are 6 comments on the Keystonepolitics.com story from Aug 23, 2012, titled Transit Funding is a More Important Public Priority Than Arts and Culture Funding. In it, Keystonepolitics.com reports that:I thought this was a really obvious point, but apparently PGH Mayor Luke Ravenstahl disagrees , so we have to go over it.
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#1 Sep 7, 2012
I don't think the residents of Allegheny County realize what is going on in this latest Port Authority saga.
First they allocate your state tax dollars to fund the PAT, secondly they allocate your county tax dollars to fund the PAT, then they instituted a 7% county drink tax to fund the PAT, now they want to take county RAD money, which is sales tax that you pay to fund the Arts and Sciences to fund the PAT.
Ultimately is appears the PAT is taking every tax dollar available from every source to fund a bottomless pit and broken down political patronage system. Their hands are in every one of our pockets at once.
It's time the taxpayer take the stance that no more tax dollars are utilized to fund the PAT. Let those who ride pay the price. Only the strong survive!!
#2 Sep 7, 2012
Cut the less than profitable routes, require everyone to pay, and raise the fares accordingly. Businesses don't purchase items for $5.00, and sell them for $3.00 and expect the taxpayer to make up the difference in their loss. The days of the taxpayer subsidizing public transportation has to cease. The unions and management have raped the system for years. It's time the state and county investigate the purchase of $33 million in new busses when they are cutting routes, the $500 million dollar plus tunnel under the river while they are operating under a deficit, and paid up benefits for retirees and their families. There are more people collecting pensions and benefits from the PAT than are actually working because of the padded and lucrative early retirement pensions handed out.
There should be NO money dedicated from the state and county for public transportation. The money should be utilized where it is desperately needed, in the repair and rehabilitation of the roads and bridges throughout the state which are a necessary lifeline for all taxpayers and residents.
Do you realize how many roads and bridges could have been rehabilitated with the $500 million dollar plus that they utilized for a less than a mile long tunnel under the river which will never ever turn a profit, not to mention maintenence and upkeep?
The free ride is over!! They should be forced to operate within their means, or in the least a break ever point without dependency on the taxpayers.
#3 Sep 7, 2012
As stated in the Pittburgh Tribune Review.
The real Port Authority story: Nonfeasance & Bailouts
What do you get when you cross decades of politics as usual, union thuggery and management greed?
Why, the current state of affairs at the Port Authority of Allegheny County, of course.
The long-troubled mass-transit agency, with a disturbingly long fealty to its unsustainable business model, says it will be forced to cut service by another 35 percent in an attempt to close a $64 million deficit in the next fiscal year.
And the usual suspects -- pols, union bosses and managers (not to forget the majority of the media)-- have donned their robes, joined hands and, in the sanctuary of "What, me to blame?", are singing the hymn of liberalism -- "The State!"
Yes, "the state" once again is being implored to bail out the Port Authority.
But why should state taxpayers be responsible for decades of local "leadership" machinations that preserved skulduggery for political gain?
Why should state taxpayers cover deficits -- economic and moral -- largely of "the state's" own creation?(Think of preserving the right to strike.)
And why should state taxpayers continue to reward an operation whose past managers exploited the system for personal financial windfalls?
The failure of the Port Authority of Allegheny County is a cluster cluck of cowardice, ignorance and self-dealing at every level. And nothing will change until this vicious cycle of nonfeasance and bailouts ends.
#4 Sep 7, 2012
RAD is for REGIONAL ASSET and the Port Authority is certainly not an asset. It is a liability!! Tax after tax to fund this bloated system is rediculous.
Port Authority ridership has fallen by nearly 40 percent since it peaked in 1975, a decline that outpaces the county's 20 percent population loss over that time.
They should have been downsizing yearly to compensate for the declines instead of bleeding the taxpayers for more money year after year to keep an antiquated system in place. It was like pouring money down a bottomless pit.
No RAD money should be utilized for them. When does it end?
Tell the retirees to give up their paid hospitalization, and there will be more than enough savings there to fund their shortfalls.
But to take money from the arts for them, no way!!!
#5 Sep 7, 2012
How many more taxes are going to be levied to keep this bloated system afloat?
They should get nothing more in the way of the public's tax dollars!
#6 Sep 13, 2012
The above is happening because the PAT union is powerful and controls a big block of votes. The elected officials give our money away to buy the PAT votes. This is how a democracy works.
It's time someone takes a stance and tells the PAT to live within their means. How many wells must they run dry before the elected officials say "enough is enough!"
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