There's no law that I know about that would bar city council from allocating
some millions of dollars to RTA.
They seem able to do it for billionaire sports owners, easily enough.
Raising rates is shameful. Public transportation serves primarily those with lower incomes.Where is county government? It should provide revenue for public transportation. The County is spending millions on unnecessary improvements in public sports facilities while turning its back on real needs. County executive Armond Budish and Council President Dan Brady and his council should step up and see that RTA keeps fares, already a burden on its users, where they are.
I have watched - for two short stints inside and for many years outside,
but I believe today's Plain Dealer, with some few exceptions,
is so mediocre as to not be missed if it published once a week.
Nice job, Michael. As with so many institutions the Port Authority never gets the media coverage it sorely needs.
One of the big problems with these organizations is that they wall seem to want to be Economic Developers. The Port brags that since 1993 it has helped finance "70 companies, developers, local governments and non-profits." It has let bonds for some $130 milllion for the East Bank Flats project alone.
What we have are government entities - instead of taking care of their constituents - are providing financing for developers. Developers who build unnecessary projects that simply "steal" customers from the last project financed.
The Port Authority wasn't formed to do this, however, its vast powers provide no limitations.
We can limit it only by voting against the levy and stop it from becoming a more powerful destructive instrument.
I thought the comment would go below so read it
as the comments below that are so good.
It's good to see from the above comments that people realize what's happening. Now if we could only find out what to do about it and how to stop the next gaming of the Cleveland public.
If the PD doesn't get off its binge of creating Page One stories about the County government it's likely to be the reason for the reform's failure.
C'mon, stop making big headlines and using large photos to make something look as if it's criminal.
The PD editors have apparently figured they can't continue to show Jimmy D on the front page so they slam innocuous Dale Miller, the Wally Cox (look it up, young ones) of city council. Miller isn't a heavy, folks.
How about giving us real news, PD. Or are you back to the journalism that allowed all those criminals to waltz through decades.
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