As you know, Burghers, the Port Authority of Allegheny County is a rickety, dinky ship being held together by rusted nails, glue, wads of Fruit Stripe gum, prayers, and spit — taking on water, preparing to sink to the murky depths of the Mon any. second. now.
Oh, look, there it goes.
A moment of silence, please, for the county-owned public transportation agency that thinks it can stay afloat under the weight of a $155 million payroll, half of its budget, thanks in part to such inflated paychecks and poor overtime management that one driver actually made $131,000 last year. Four others made over six figures. 50 made more than $80,000.
The last time I wrote about the ridiculousness that is the payroll of the Port Authority in 2006, the highest-paid operator made over $90,000. That is a HELL of a cost-of-living increase!
The last time that I, a college-graduate with student loans, made $131,000 in one year was never.
I assume that in order to make $131,000 driving a bus, you have to work every single day of the year for 12 hours a day. That’s still roughly $30 an hour. To drive a bus.
Eff this college degree. Hard.
Also, please, Steve Bland, shut the hell up about how you’re going to cut staff and cut service and make all of Allegheny County suffer with those cuts and those threatened seven dollar suburban fares unless the State ponies up the $50 million you need to close your budget gap, because if you’re looking for sympathy, you won’t get it from ‘Burghers, not it in light of your payroll, and if you’re looking for a place to throw the blame, why don’t you gather up your entire organization and look it in the mirror.
The deficit is “not a cost problem. It’s not an expense problem. It’s a revenue problem,” Mr. Bland said.