If there was any question as to how disconnected the New York state legislature is from the everyday workings of the MTA, the answer lies in their latest proposal to bailout the agency and cut back the proposed 23% fare hike. Liz Benjamin of the Daily News detailed the plan, and one detail of the proposal stands out from the rest:
Greater accountability from the MTA, including a required outside audit, merging the CEO and chairman’s posts, letting the Assembly and Senate majorities appoint a member each to the MTA board, on-line posting of the authority’s budget, capital plan and “perks” to executives.
The MTA’s budget and capital plan have been posted online for several years. In fact, the budget is linked from the front page of the MTA’s web site. If these legislators haven’t even been to the MTA’s web site, how do they have any grounds on which to attack the agency for their lack of transparency?
Albany’s constant badgering about the MTA has shown that they have no interest in learning that the agency has become significantly more transparent over the past several years. They are simply trying to deflect blame for this fare hike away from their gang of attack dogs in Albany who know nothing of compromise or problem-solving.