Teaching “Integrity” Costs Taxpayers Over a Quarter Million

A note from our executive director, David W. Almasi:

Because, according to a Metro spokesman, “integrity and trust are the cornerstones of effective leadership,” the mass transit authority for the Washington, D.C. region spent over $275,000 on workshops to teach these values to their management.

In most places, this is taken care of by careful interviews of applicants. But this is Washington, and this is the same system that recently raised fares and is already contemplating raising them again soon while simultaneously demanding more funding from the federal government. Metro board members find no problem with this lavish expense or similar expenses like promoting of artwork, self-cleaning toilets and a new staff law library and redecorated legal offices at a time when the system is supposed to be tightening its belt.

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