Many Tennessee lawmakers hope to see if outsourcing some state jobs actually saves taxpayers money. It’s been a controversial topic since Governor Bill Haslam began implementing the idea a few years ago.
Questions about outsourcing are always the same. Does it save money and is there accountability?
“There’s… people concerned about state jobs all over Tennessee,” said one protester.
Many state lawmakers have heard and seen the protests about the ongoing outsourcing of state jobs. That’s why a majority of legislators from both parties signed a letter of concern earlier this year to Governor Haslam. The Governor has defended outsourcing state jobs in some areas, especially on state college campuses.
“With the universities, they all get their own choice whether they do it or not,” said Haslam.
“I know there can be a philosophical difference about what state services should be outsourced and which ones should not,” says Randy Stamps with the TN State Employees Association.
At a hearing Wednesday, the State Employees Association executive director maintained that lawmakers should slow down on outsourcing state jobs
“We need to take a pause and make sure that what we are already outsourcing is actually saving taxpayer dollars,” says Stamps.
Senator Steve Dickerson plans a push for those answers and more oversight from lawmakers.
“I would like to look back a year or two or three and make sure that some of the promises the private vendors have made are actually being kept,” says Dickerson.
Governor Haslam earlier this month backed away from the idea of turning over state parks to a private operator, but indicated it might be revived by the next Governor.