Thursday, March 14, 2013

Next year's draft budget, Raisegate, and more

Portland Transport is the transit blog for this area. The most intelligent discussion of transit issues happen on this blog. The moderators are very active in the discussions which keep the blog successful. True I have had my share of problems over there over the years but it remains probably my favorite blog in the Portland area. (followed closely by Bojack)

Today, TriMet released a draft budget for Fiscal Year 2014 (which runs from July 1 of this year to June 30, 2014). The agency wants everyone to know that this year's budget doesn't contain the unpleasant news that was in last year's (no service cuts and fare hikes), albeit with the usual asterisk (a favorable deal against ATU Local 757). Ignoring the continual haranguing of the union (it's getting tiring, guys... really), this draft budget is good news.
Of course, TriMet's day in the sun was rather thoroughly undermined by the revelation early this week that it secretly gave raises to a whole bunch of management personnel last year--while pleading poverty--and tried to bury the matter in its contingency fund.

Read the entire essay  HERE!

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