House to take up privatization bill TODAY

Call your state rep NOW!

The state House TODAY will take up House Bill 4306 to force school districts to solicit bids to outsource certain support services.

Contact your state representative NOW and ask him/her to vote NO on House bill 4306 – the House is in session beginning at 1:30 p.m. and the vote could be taken any time after that. The bill would require competitive bidding of food, custodial, and transportation services in all public school districts beginning July 1, 2012.

Local school districts should decide what’s best for their students and community.

There are problems with mandatory bidding, according to the nonpartisan House Fiscal Agency and the Michigan Public School Employees’ Retirement System. They include:

  • Forced bidding could create additional administrative costs for a district.
  • Privatization increases the amount ALL school districts must pay into the Michigan Public School Employees’ Retirement Systems.
  • Schools that want to explore outsourcing can already do so. It’s unnecessary to force schools that aren’t interested in firing employees and hiring private contractors to do the work instead.

What’s more, the House Fiscal Agency reports that the bill would have no fiscal impact on the state. It will not fix Michigan’s budget crisis or create jobs .

MEA lobbyists are meeting with lawmakers and working hard to educate them about this bill – your legislative contacts will help! Call now!