Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Transit users caught in middle of California pension fight: Editorial

I'm telling you: don't accept Federal Block Grants.  This started out as the Nixon "Revenue Sharing" program throwing money at states and cities.  EVERYTHING comes with a string attached.  Whatever the Federal Government giveth, the Federal Government taketh away.

As our Steve Scauzillo reports, union complaints to the U.S. Department of Labor about the pension-reform laws have led the federal government to withhold more than $2.2 billion in grants to the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Metro needs the money for bus and rail operation and maintenance, the Westside subway extension and a downtown connector tunnel. Those projects would create about 43,000 jobs, a Metro spokesman said.

Losing that money could lead Metro to make up for the lost money by cutting service or raising fares, inconveniencing some of the people who can least afford it.

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