Penn Station and the CCRI Observatory: Where the Money Goes


Boy, taxes and the cost of government must have really fallen for this to be the case:

Penn Station is just one symptom of a larger illness. With an aging subway system subject to a recent state-of-emergency order by Cuomo, and a 67-year-old bus terminal called “appalling” and “functionally obsolete” by officials of the agency that runs it, the New York area’s transportation systems embody America’s inability, or unwillingness, to address its aging infrastructure.

Of course, far from shrinking, the cost of government has exploded over the lives of Penn Station and the bus station, so where is the money going?  In brief, our tax dollars are being redirected to pet projects, progressive redistribution, and (I would say) special deals that amount to outright theft.  A core tenet of blue-state spending is that the people will always accept more debt and higher costs if the last things they get to pay for are the things they find most critical.

We don’t have to go to the Big Apple or major infrastructure for the lesson.  Take a look at this somewhat-cryptic Providence Journal article by Alex Kuffner:

The Community College of Rhode Island organized an open house on Saturday at its Margaret M. Jacoby Observatory to celebrate the completion of a $45,000 renovation that included a new control desk, new seating and repairs to the roof-opening mechanism. …

But the event was clouded by a demonstration outside the observatory’s doors by faculty members and students who protested what they allege is mistreatment of the astronomy professor who has overseen operation of the observatory for the past decade. …

Britton was hired in 2007 to teach astronomy to students and to operate the observatory for his classes and on nights when it’s open to the public. Last month, when the administration changed the way he would be compensated for the public nights, resulting in less pay, he balked.

Kuffner never details the change, but the context suggests that the college may now be paying only a non-faculty rate for the public night.  That is, a special deal has gone away.

One needn’t look far at all to find other examples.

  • Rhett Hardwick

    “over the lives of Penn Station and the bus station,”

    Wasn’t Penn Station rebuilt in living memory? I am guessing the 70’s. The Bus Station a/k/a the “Port Authority” has been a hellhole since it’s inception. Largely owing to a lack of policing. Is this a case of building something while ignoring that budget constraints would prevent proper policing? I am reminded of attending a seminar at EPA headquarters in Boston, that was in the 90’s. I got off at the wrong floor and found an entire floor fitted out with cubicles and computers, but not a soul in attendance. On inquiry,, I was advised that they “had budget” for equipment,. but no budget for people,. A few years later, the “new” EPA headquarters were shut down after a finding of asbestos in the ceiling tiles,.Remember “sick buildings”? During that entire debacle, I cannot recall a single, privately owned, “sick building”,. Is it possible that private sector employees have an immunity?