In summary, Emperor Abele has a tantrum and fires the top four people in DPW, which leads to a bungling of paratransit contracts which could cost taxpayers up to $9 million. To cover up and correct his error, Abele decides to go from a local, nonprofit company with a stellar record to an out of state, for profit company with a long history of screwing over workers, strikes and poor performance.Lo and behold, the predicted lawsuit has been filed:
And Abele thinks that this is a good thing. And he expects the County Board to just approve what he puts in front of them without knowing whether this is the best bid or even if it was done legally. It sure seems to me that the county is being exposed to another costly lawsuit, thanks to Abele.
The company that runs the Milwaukee County Transit System is suing the county to stop secret contract negotiations with another firm.The article also confirms another point I made last week, which is the reason Abele is playing games with the contract is to keep it all under wraps until he can give the contract to MV Transportation.
Milwaukee Transport Services Inc. is seeking an order requiring the county to give it information on which to base an appeal to the decision to switch management of the local bus system to the Texas-based MV Transportation.
MTS also wants a restraining order to halt county contract talks with MV and give MTS more time to file an appeal.
Nothing like a complete lack of transparency in government to build faith in it. And we can't have transparency or integrity because that's not "efficient" enough for Abele.
The worst part is that, thanks to Abele's power grab through Act 14, the County Board isn't going to be able to fix the mess he's making of things.
If they were going to concentrate all that power into the hands of one person - which is never a good idea to begin with - at least they could have done it with a person who knows what the hell they are doing. Of all the descriptions one could use for Abele, that is not one of them.