Feds Give Amtrak Employees Lavish Bonuses Despite Rail Losing $214 Million Last Year

Do you think if your company was losing $214 million a year that your bosses would be handing out lavish bonuses? Well, you might if you work for a failed government agency like Amtrak because that is exactly what happened last year for the federally subsidized rail service.

So, despite Amtrak failing to make a penny, despite that it lost $214 of OUR tax dollars, Amtrak employees were the happy recipients of big bonus payments in 2014.

Employees of Amtrak, the publicly-funded railroad service, earned themselves a round of bonuses because their agency only lost $214 million last year.

…Amtrak handed out $11.2 million in bonuses as part of a short-term incentive program, which was designed to reward staff if they managed to keep operating losses under $305 million in 2014.

The other half of the incentive program would have seen millions in additional bonuses showered on employees had they been able to satisfy 84.25 percent of their customers.

Amtrak has been a huge waste of tax dollars for decades. If Amtrak can’t exist on its own it shouldn’t exist at all.

Warner Todd Huston

Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago-based freelance writer, has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and is featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart's BigGovernment.com, BigJournalsim.com and all Breitbart News' other sites, RightWingNews.com, CanadaFreePress.com, and many, many others. Additionally, he has been a frequent guest on talk-radio programs across the country to discuss his opinion editorials and current events as well as appearing on TV networks such as CNN, Fox News, Fox Business Network, and various Chicago-based news programs. He has also written for several history magazines and appears in the book "Americans on Politics, Policy and Pop Culture" which can be purchased on amazon.com. He is also the owner and operator of PubliusForum.com. Feel free to contact him with any comments or questions : EMAIL Warner Todd Huston and follow him on Twitter, on Google Plus , and Facebook.

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