Carcieri wants court to overturn law against privatizing state workers

Source: By Steve Peoples, Providence Journal (RI), Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Governor Carcieri has asked the state’s highest court to strike down a law passed last year that he says threatens to paralyze Rhode Island government by blocking his ability to use private companies to conduct state business. The governor’s office hand-delivered a letter to the state Supreme Court yesterday seeking an advisory opinion over whether the labor-backed “anti-privatization bill” — as it is called by critics — is constitutional.

…….. Carcieri’s move yesterday drew criticism from labor unions, which had been in closed-door “discussions” with the governor’s office in recent months to negotiate concessions the governor needs to help balance a current-year $151-million deficit.

……. The negotiations also included the largest state employees union, Council 94, American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees.