privatization http://michiganradio.org en Survey shows more Michigan public schools privatizing support services http://michiganradio.org/post/survey-shows-more-michigan-public-schools-privatizing-support-services <p>Two in every three Michigan public school districts contract out at least one major service, like custodial, transportation or food service. That’s according to a yearly survey of districts.</p><p>The Midland-based research institute Mackinac Center for Public Policy, which supports privatizing services, has published the survey every year since 2003. Here’s a summary of the center’s survey:</p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 23:07:11 +0000 Lindsey Smith 16123 at http://michiganradio.org Survey shows more Michigan public schools privatizing support services Democrats want investigation into quality of care for veterans after worker privatization http://michiganradio.org/post/democrats-want-investigation-quality-care-veterans-after-worker-privatization <p><strong>Update 4p.m.</strong></p><p>The home’s administrator Sara Dunne says the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs just completed an annual inspection of the home in April. “They will not leave the homes if they feel there’s sub-standard being provided,” Dunne said.</p><p>There is no abuse and neglect going on at the home,” Dunne said, “There’s very strong language of what abuse and neglect is in long term care and there have been no instances of that at all.”</p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 19:35:01 +0000 Lindsey Smith 13299 at http://michiganradio.org Democrats want investigation into quality of care for veterans after worker privatization Michigan won't privatize prisons further http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-wont-privatize-prisons-further <p>Michigan will not privatize nearly $350 million in prisoner health care and food costs, keeping intact nearly 1,700 state workers' jobs.</p><p>State Department of Corrections spokesman Russ Marlan told The Associated Press on Friday that none of three contracts out for bid would have achieved the necessary 5 percent savings as required by state rules.</p><p>Bidding out more of the prison health system could have been the largest privatization of state government services in Michigan history.</p> Fri, 01 Mar 2013 20:31:32 +0000 The Associated Press 11490 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan won't privatize prisons further Detroit Council postpones vote on water overhaul http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-council-postpones-vote-water-overhaul <p>The Detroit City Council has delayed voting on a contract to restructure the city’s water department.</p><p>Detroit’s board of water commissioners and Mayor Dave Bing have already approved a plan to contract Minneapolis-based EMA Consulting.</p><p>That firm plans to cut up to 80% of the water department’s workforce, and create “efficiencies” by privatizing many so-called “non-core” functions.</p><p>But after hearing public concern and anger about the plan, the Council decided to postpone a vote on the $48 million EMA contract.</p><p>In part, that’s because the <a href="http://dwsdupdate.blogspot.com/2012/10/epa-notifies-court-seeks-time-to.html">Environmental Protection Agency asked the city</a> not to take action before it can review the plan.</p><p>Councilman Ken Cockrel Junior says he want to hear from the EPA before moving ahead.</p><p>“The EPA has said they want 45 days to review that contract, and make sure there are no negative impacts,” Cockrel said. “I think when you have a federal agency that is charged with monitoring environmental quality for our country, and they say they need to look at this…I think we need to give them the time to do it.”</p><p>Detroit’s water department has been under a federal judge’s oversight since 1977, for periodic failures to comply with the Clean Water Act. Wed, 14 Nov 2012 03:49:25 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 9906 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit Council postpones vote on water overhaul Court of Appeals says Governor can privatize nursing assistants at home for veterans http://michiganradio.org/post/court-appeals-says-governor-can-privatize-nursing-assistants-home-veterans <p>Governor Rick Snyder&rsquo;s plan to save money by privatizing nursing assistants at a state-run home for veterans is legal. The state&rsquo;s Court of Appeals <a href="http://coa.courts.mi.gov/documents/OPINIONS/FINAL/COA/20120802_C306739_51_306739.OPN.PDF">issued the decision Friday</a>.</p><p>The Grand Rapids Home for Veterans is one of two state-run hospitals for vets in Michigan. More than 700 are housed there.</p><p>Governor Rick Snyder privatized about 170 nursing assistants at the home last year to save around $4 million.</p> Fri, 03 Aug 2012 22:07:54 +0000 Lindsey Smith 8546 at http://michiganradio.org Court of Appeals says Governor can privatize nursing assistants at home for veterans Commentary: Push to privatize some prison services http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-push-privatize-some-prison-services <p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" id="role_document" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">Reporters were caught off base yesterday when they learned that Governor Rick Snyder was not in Lansing as they thought, but in Afghanistan, visiting the troops. The secrecy was understandably needed for security reasons, and the trip is the sort of morale-boosting thing that governors and other state officials traditionally do.</font></font></font></font></p> Thu, 19 Apr 2012 14:52:08 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 7104 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Push to privatize some prison services Judge rules taxpayers, Mackinac Center, do not have standing in lawsuit over privatization http://michiganradio.org/post/judge-rules-taxpayers-mackinac-center-do-not-have-standing-lawsuit-over-privatization <p><a href="http://pod.michiganradio.org/documents/JurriansetalvsKISD.pdf">A Kent County judge has ruled</a> that taxpayers cannot sue school districts and teachers&rsquo; unions who agreed not to privatize any employees. The <a href="http://www.mackinac.org/14187">taxpayers say</a> the schools and unions entered an illegal employment contract when the districts agreed not to privatize any employees in exchange for concessions in pay and health benefits. The Mackinac Center for Public Policy&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.mackinac.org/9051">new Legal Foundation</a> represented <a href="http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/michigan/news.newsmain/article/0/0/1738068/West.Side.Stories/Mackinac.Center%27s.Legal.Foundation.taking.10.Kent.County.school.districts.to.court">the taxpayers in the case.</a></p><p>The judge didn&rsquo;t disagree with the Mackinac Center, but ruled only the parties in the contract &ndash; the unions or the school districts &ndash; had standing to file suit. And state law dictates the Michigan Employment Relations Commission must hear any unfair labor practice claims. Wed, 02 Mar 2011 21:07:54 +0000 Lindsey Smith 1483 at http://michiganradio.org Judge rules taxpayers, Mackinac Center, do not have standing in lawsuit over privatization Mackinac Center's Legal Foundation taking 10 Kent County school districts to court http://michiganradio.org/post/mackinac-centers-legal-foundation-taking-10-kent-county-school-districts-court <p>The Mackinac Center’s for Public Policy’s Legal Foundation is <a href="http://www.mackinac.org/14187">filing a lawsuit </a>against 10 Kent County school districts and their teachers’ union.</p><p>The suit is to be filed Wednesday on behalf of five taxpayers living near Grand Rapids. It claims the school districts are breaking state law by approving a contract that agrees not to privatize any services during the one-year agreement.</p><p>Patrick Wright directs the foundation. He says they want to make sure privatization remains a viable option for school districts across the state.</p> Wed, 15 Dec 2010 20:34:03 +0000 Lindsey Smith 606 at http://michiganradio.org