Rumors on Wheels
"Rumor: Port Authority management makes too much money.
Truth: The average administrative employee earns $44,385.19, while the average Port Authority operator earns $48,653.74 a year."
What's wrong with that? Anyone notice the conflation? The words administrative and management are not synonyms in this context. I am pretty sure that when someone discusses management salaries in any industry the reasonable interpretation excludes most workers that are categorized as 'administrative'. Cute misdirection though. If you want a more thorough look at how lucrative management compensation is compared to workers you can read what the state auditor general said. I guess Jack Wagner didn't realize he was reporting all those rumors as fact.
I have no problem with the Port Authority putting up information like this. All sides should be heard from, but what I take issue with is the labeling . The casual reader may think that 'Rumor' site is really an objective attempt to clear up some misunderstandings out there. Yet it looks to me like an excuse to propound just one side of what will be some contentious public debates pretty soon. In a sense, the site is creating or at least amplifying more rumors than it is clearing up. Things may have seemed quiet on this front, but once state factfinding end this is again going to hit the news cycle and potentially remain there for some time.
Soo... if the Port Authority does not append some disclaimer to their posts on that site explaining to the reader that it represent management's viewpoint only, I may need to start up an independent "Fact of the Day" web site to respond to their postings. Just in case someone thinks I am not serious, I think I have enough fodder: I try to compile the most important documents relevant to transit policy locally in my Pittsburgh Transit Policy Bibliography. Which if anyone has scans, links or otherwise has suggestions for specific policy documents out there that should be included in that, just let me know. I've tried to focus it on the major policy research affecting transit in the region. (which means I don't try to cover the MFE if for no other reason than it is such a big topic unto itself... I'll wait until someone writes a dissertation on the MFE and let them do the work).
Also, some of the posts here that have looked at transit are itemized below: