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Hiring State Employee is the same as saving money

Outsourcing Contracts — Too Many, Too Costly, Too Little Oversight

Or

Saving money by hiring and training State Employees.

I suggest that no one knows how to save money for the State better than the employees that work for the State. We see the waste and many times we have suggestions that can improve efficiency and process. If we want to ask for something to help offset $4.00 a gallon gas we need to start looking for ways to pay for that increase.

I suggest that one way to save money may be to hire MORE state employees.

The state of Maine employs thousands of people to provide services to state government. These employees are all professionals whether they are in the courts, IT, drive a truck, or any other necessary public service. The Governor has ordered state agencies to cut “non-essential” services to reduce state expenditures; we recommend that the Legislature looks for answers to the following questions:

1. How are departments taking action to cut “non-essential” contracts?

2. Is the Legislature in a position to determine where contracts are, what they are for and whether they can be cut?

3. Who is reviewing contracts to ensure that proper guidelines and state laws are being followed in ensuring departments have the legal authority to contract and whether departments are cancelling contracts?

4. Are there more cost-effective ways to provide services now being contracted?

5. Does the Legislature have the information it needs to evaluate the wasteful increase in contracts for state services?

We need to ask the legislature to document the state’s dependence on contracts, review costs, identify state practices and controls that can be reformed, and make specific policy recommendations to reduce reliance on costly contract staff.

“State Agencies don’t do a good job of determining if the costs for contracting out are more than providing the same services with current employees”

Look around and if you see a job that could be done better or cheaper by a State employee, bring that information to the Union or write to me at NarsBars@UnionMaine.Org

The MSEA has put out a survey, and I urge you to fill it out. The MSEA survey is broad and deals with very important issues. Fill it out and urge others to do the same. I am continuing to run my survey and the numbers are picking up. Please have a friend fill it out after you do.
Fill out this Bargaining Survey and be heard.
Click Here to take survey Click HERE to see how other members are voting..If you have any ideas for putting together a survey for your local or your bargaining unit please contact me at Narsbars@UnionMaine.Org If you get one person to fill out this survey you will be helping yourself. Ask a friend to fill out the survey and ask them to find another friend to do the same. When the MSEA starts collecting proposals all information gathered will be given to the new teams.

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May 29th, 2008 Posted by narsbars | Uncategorized | no comments

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