TriMet’s sweet benefits package could sink it

Watch this great KATU-TV exposé of TriMet’s “most generous in the country” benefits package. Featuring Cascade’s President John Charles’ analysis of the agency’s out-of-control spending and Common Sense for Oregon’s Golden Fleece Award for wasting taxpayers’ money.

See the entire KATU report with supporting documents and viewer comments.


Cascade Policy Institute is a non-profit, non-partisan research organization dedicated to advancing individual liberty, personal responsibility and economic opportunity in Oregon.

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  • Ralph Branxton

    These hard-working people need good benefits. They work for salaries that are lower than in the private sector for similar work, so they must have golden benefits to make up for the difference.
    Without them, how would we get around?
    We need the best and the brightest in these important, vital positions.
    Golden benefits will help keep them there and attract only the best to these jobs.
    I salute Tri-Met for taking care of its own.

  • Anonymous

    No wonder Tri-Met only collects 20% of the operating cost by way of the fare box,
    and none of the capital construction costs.

    Tri Met’s spending is unsustainable.
    Tri Met is Broke.
    Tri Met has a spending problem!

    This is the kind of spending, that got our country
    into the problem we have today.

  • Tri-Met is no wise Latina

    Salute Tri-Met? “These hard-working people need good benefits. They work for salaries that are lower than in the private sector for similar work, so they must have golden benefits to make up for the difference.” Ha!

    The Government and quasi Govt Class ‘exemplars’ are full of sum thing and it isn’t cost effective common sense.

    Mr. Braxton: “Tear down that wail of yours.” It schmucks!

    • Taxpayer

      I agree wholeheartedly!

  • Rupert in Springfield

    I wonder if the Tri Met employees will get to keep the cushy insurance if Obama care passes? Government agencies could set a nice example by opting immediately for the ‘public option” should the latest Obama disaster actually get signed into law. With all the huge savings Obama, if not the CBO, believes are out there the Tri Met costs should go way down. Yeah right.

    Who knows? Pelosi and Obama are scared to death of the hornets nest that is waiting for members of congress back home if they don’t pass this before the August recess. Why would they be so scared of congressmen meeting with their constituents if this was such a good and popular thing?

    Sure says a lot about the agenda when you have to rush everything through before anyone catches on. Or in Tri Mets case, when you need to hide things from people lest they realize the rip off.

  • Ralph Branxton

    I did not know Tri-Met was broke. What will all the fine people do if they lose their jobs? I guess their benefits won’t be so great then.
    I can only hope Tri-Met begins to actually collect fares, as that might help with their cash flow.
    KING.

  • Anonymous

    Anytime you only collect 20% of operating cost and none of your capital construction costs, you are broke.

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