Court won't review privatization law

Source: BY STEVE PEOPLES, Providence Journal (RI), Tuesday, July 15, 2008

The state Supreme Court will not review the constitutionality of Rhode Island’s controversial privatization law. Governor Carcieri sought an advisory opinion from the high court after arguing that the law — passed near midnight in the waning days of the 2007 General Assembly session — essentially blocked his ability to save money by replacing state workers with temporary contractors. The use of contractors can save tax dollars largely because they don’t receive health and retirement benefits from the state. The fight largely epitomized the Republican governor’s clash with organized labor and its supporters in the Democrat-dominated General Assembly.

…… Specifically, the amended law requires the administration to give union leaders six months notice of attempts to replace union workers. And it requires the administration to provide a detailed cost analysis 60 days before asking private staffing firms to bid on the service in question.