Thursday, July 17, 2008


County Council has been debating the recently imposed drink tax. Which reminded to take a look at the Port Authority's "Rumor of the Day" the other day and this is what I found:

Rumor: Allegheny County passed the drink and car rental taxes to provide an additional $27 million to Port Authority.

Truth: Prior to enacting the new taxes on January 1, Port authority’s county funding came from real estate taxes. That money can now be used to support other county initiatives and the Authority has a stable source of county funding through the taxes.

The thing is, I really can't quite figure what point they are even trying to make with that? It almost reads to me that they are arguing against the drink tax, or at least undermining its justification. Also, does it imply real estate taxes weren't stable? or less stable than drink tax revenue?

They really have a lot of work ahead of them trying to come up with a constant stream of 'rumors' out there like that. They seem to be a little light on material right at the beginning. I am also unclear if anything they have flagged as a 'rumor' as yet are really rumors to anyone other than themselves. They mostly seem to be generating foils to argue management's side in the ongoing labor negotiations. Yeah, I know that is kind of self-evident.


Anonymous MH said...

Rumor: That's just gum on the seat.

Rumor: If everybody on a stand-room-only 61c leans right when the bus makes the corner at Forbes and Schenley, the bus won't tip over.

Rumor: Students with giant backpacks will take great care not to smack the other passengers and to let people by them.

Rumor: It is possible to take a bus east on Forbes avenue at 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, July 17, 2008 1:40:00 PM  
Anonymous MH said...

I like how today's rumor (Management at Port Authority is bloated and should be trimmed) is "refuted" without providing any of the contextual or comparative information that would be needed to actually rebut the rumor. Or any indication that just maybe the person writing the rebuttal might not be disinterested party when it comes to PA management.

Friday, July 18, 2008 12:46:00 PM  

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