Teamsters want full analysis of privatization proposal
TALLAHASSEE — As the Senate Budget Committee takes up legislation related to prison privatization, the Teamsters have put out a press release asking for the Legislature to conduct a cost-benefit analysis of its plan to privatize an 18-county region in South Florida.
The group says it estimates that the cost savings proponents say will occur will be greatly diminished when it factors in other costs such as the payout of vacation, sick leave and holiday to public employees who would be replaced in the privatization.
“We simply do not have all the facts to know the total economic impact this could have,” said former state Sen. Ron Silver, who is representing the Teamsters. “It would be reckless to run into what would be the biggest prison privatization in the country’s history without a thorough, non-partisan analysis of the facts.”
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