Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Challenging Florida's Privatization Plan

The Police Benevolent Association, a union that represents police and COs in Florida, just filed a lawsuit challenging Governor Ric Scott's and JD Alexander's proposal to privatize the corrections services of 18 counties in the state.  Scott and Alexander claim, incorrectly, that the privatization plan would offer significant cost-savings for the state.  Numerous studies have shown that this is not likely to be the case.

Thankfully, the PBA has stood up to Scott, a conservative wet dream who's also trying to defund and cripple unions as part of a large push to privatize all that is public.  The proposal was thrown into the budget amendment at the last minute, which should come as no surprise since this seems to be routine for Floridian politics.  As the PBA says, the "legislature's insertion of a massive privatization plan into the budget during the waning hours of the legislative session, on behalf of the most unpopular governor, was improper and illegal."

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