Click on the link to read "Michigan's privatization savings overstated," by Lansing State Journal reporter Justin Hinkley. The article reveals how Michigan Civil Service Commission guidelines claim the state will save millions of dollars that aren't actually saved.
Meanwhile on Wednesday, after a series of attempted amendments by Democrats were defeated, they joined with Republicans and unanimously passed SB 0069, sponsored by Sen. Rick Jones (R-Grand Ledge). The series of amendments, most of which were sponsored by Sen. David Knezek (D-Dearborn Heights), would have ensured that a percentage of state contracts be awarded to veterans, but was voted down by Republicans. The bill would exempt records that amount to being "trade secrets" of companies that bid for contracts with the state from the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). According to committee testimony on the bill, companies competing for contracts have been able to use FOIA to get information from the bidding process that gives them unfair advantages, including finding out the actual bids being offered by their competitors.