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News Briefs Volume XII – Burgh Style

News briefs are a collection of interesting news stories…

This version is a glimpse into Pittsburgh politics dominated for decades by Democrats. 

Brief 1:  The Port Authority of Allegheny County (home of Pittsburgh) is the government agency tasked with running a transit system.  As you might expect the agency poorly run and constantly running in the red.  Facing another budget deficit the Authority has not threatened to streamline, become efficient, or even look to reduce labor costs their typical threat is to cut service.  That seems to make sense except that this threat is not meant as a way to cut costs, but to enrage the local citizens to pressure politicians for more money.  This tactic only works every time and lame duck Governor Ed Rendell has stepped and has threatened to”flex”[steal would be my term] federal highway money to save mass transit unless lawmakers raise taxes.  Governor Rendell never met a tax he didn’t like.

Is Blackmail Too Strong A Word?

You can be the judge regarding whether the term blackmail should be attributed to the actions of government officials in the following two stories. 

blackmail ravenstahlThe first story features local politicians in the City of Pittsburgh.  As a little background, the City of Pittsburgh has been in state receivership for a number of years because city officials cannot control their spending.  One of the biggest factors is their underfunded pension funds.  Pittsburgh’s Democrat boy mayor, Luke Ravenstahl, has quite a scheme to raise taxes (it always seems to be about raising taxes) without really ticking off his constituents.  He has decided to impose a one percent tax “tuition” tax on all students attending institutions of higher educations within city limits.  His position is that they receive “services,” but do not pay anything towards them.