Those with the Most Money Vote for Everyone Else

Posted on November 20th, 2007 by The SUBWAYblogger in This just in

Well this just about sums it all up:

At least five members of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s governing panel have seven-figure net worths. That’s nearly a third of the board empowered to vote on proposed hikes in subway, bus and commuter train fares.  [Daily News]

You know I’ve always had this idea kicking around in the back of my mind, but I never really got my hands around it. Why do the richest people make all the decisions for the poorest?

I guess that’s just life in all realms of politics, but you’d think there would be a little more flexibility on the local level. Why is it that the MTA Board is made up of wealthy people, a third of which are millionaires? For that matter, why is the MTA made up of so many people that don’t live in New York City? I know the MTA’s reach extends well beyond NYC, but the city sure does account for the bulk of that nugget.

What would it hurt to add a more representative face to the board? There should be members from all the boroughs, of varying economic class.

To be honest, the fare hike isn’t going to have an impact on my life. We’re talking a monthly increase equal to a cappuccino or two. But that’s just me. These millionaires are even more disconnected. It might not be a big deal for us, but I fear we are the minority.

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  1. tk said on November 20th, 2007 at 9:05 am

    The MTA Board, or most of it, should be democratically elected. This will never happen as long as we elect democratic govs from elite backgrounds…

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  2. me said on November 21st, 2007 at 11:13 pm

    The MTA board should be fired. Those people don’t give a damn about their consumers. I got a “Moronic MTA” t-shirt from cafepress, which I wear often when I take the subway. Ha.

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  3. Alejandro said on May 27th, 2009 at 11:25 am

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  4. used tires said on October 12th, 2010 at 12:32 am

    It does seem a bit odd… but unfortunately thats how it is… still though you do raise some great points. Hopefully someday it will change… but most of the people have a serious vesting interesting otherwise they wouldn't be there =(

    Till then,

    Jean

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