MOSA Closure Upends Political Talking Points
Amsterdam, NY (August 19, 2013) — Local political leaders and pundits, stung by the policy implications of the MOSA closure to their efforts at further consolidation, feverishly worked this weekend to mitigate the damage.
A senior political aide remarked, “What we don’t want is the public associating consolidation with MOSA even though consolidation formed the basis for the creation of MOSA. We know MOSA achieved none of the savings from consolidation and actually increased costs to taxpayers versus less consolidated solutions. If the public starts to challenge the soundness of consolidation, we will all be scrambling for another panacea as we have no substantive alternative. It’s dire for our political leaders to lose this talking point and panacea.”
Local consolidationists also tried to distance MOSA from other consolidation efforts, “Let’s set the record straight: MOSA was not consolidation. MOSA was the combining of three public entities for the purposes of achieving economies of scale through shared operations, interests and governance in combined entity versus three. That certainly is nowhere near what consolidation actually is. Indeed, if MOSA were a consolidation effort, it would be a viable entity for the future and would have returned savings economies of scale to taxpayers. Since it did not, it therefore is not consolidation.”
Meanwhile editors and columnists across the three county MOSA region were busy with global search and replace through various columns and op-eds touting MOSA as a case in how consolidation makes sound policy, always and everywhere, regardless of the issue. For print publications, the weekend was dire leaving many columnists tired, exhausted and Sharpie-stained from redacting old columns on MOSA.