Taking a Closer Look at State Contracts

Source: Sue Lincoln, WRKF, May 27, 2014

Louisiana has billions of taxpayer dollars tied up in thousands of contracts—for goods and services, consulting, privatization and more. Lawmakers, frustrated by the continuing battles to balance the state budget, are pushing to take a closer look at those contracts. “What this bill would do is set up some sort of review process so we can go back home and tell our constituents that we vetted the contracts and they are a good deal,” Representative Kenny Havard explained his “Privatization Review Act” during the Senate Finance committee hearing Tuesday. The bill, approved by the full House, would have required legislative approval before private management could take over hospitals or jails, for example.