Governor wants $200 million for contract employees

Source: By Steve Peoples, Providence Journal (RI), Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Governor Carcieri has proposed spending more than $200 million on contract employees for the coming year, according to a report presented last night before a packed meeting of the House Finance Committee.

…… Union officials said the public should know more about the use of contractors, especially given the massive state budget deficit for the coming year. “I know they can’t eliminate all the contract employees,” said James Cenerini, a lobbyist for the largest state employees union, Council 94 of the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees. “But I think taxpayers should know how much money is being spent to pay contractors.”