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No defense I: The Butler County Tourism and Convention Bureau and the University of Pittsburgh, each taxpayer supported organizations, are defending their respective $2,500 and $25,000 donations to Tom Wolf’s gubernatorial inauguration today. They claim no tax dollars were used. That’s a laugh considering that money is fungible. Surely, that money could have been spent more wisely. Remember this the next time either organization goes begging for more public dollars.

No defense II: Allegheny County’s new Airport Authority boss has some pricey perks to go with her $295,000 annual salary. There’s $62,000 for moving-related expenses for Christina Cassotis (who’s never run an airport). That even includes money to cover her utility bills for six months. And if she’s canned without “just cause,” she’ll get an 18-month, nearly half-million-dollar golden parachute. It’s another outrageous example of what’s wrong with government.

No defense III: Mum’s still the word from Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto on that list of supposedly private donors paying for CBS-ordered rewards for city employees featured on last month’s “Undercover Boss.” Inquiring minds want to know if even more tax dollars (in addition to the up to $50,000 given by taxpayer-funded VisitPittsburgh) will end up in the mix. That, after Mr. Peduto promised no public money was involved. Perhaps the mayor could sell lemonade and cookies outside his office to raise the cash.

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