Pittsburgh Mayor-in-waiting Bill Peduto wants to pay 130 patronage employees to take an early retirement:
“For those who choose not to take advantage of the program, they should prepare to get ready to work in January under a new system of greater accountability and transparency,” said Kevin Acklin, Peduto’s chief of staff.
Some people find this unseemly, but as with Peduto’s previous request to sundry appointed Board members to voluntarily resign early, I love it. Burrowing of political appointees is a serious problem for political accountability. Bill Peduto’s going to be judged on whether he keeps his campaign promises. If he can’t keep his promises because some burrowed machine hacks are running the various agencies incompatibly with Peduto’s campaign agenda, guess who’s gonna get blamed?
(via Andrew McGill)