Digital News Report – State Senator Bob Huff says that he has a plan to make government purchases cheaper.
“If you can find a product or service in the Yellow Pages, the State of California should be using those services rather than creating new bureaucracies at taxpayer expense,” said Senator Huff. “It’s no secret that the private sector can do anything government does and usually more efficiently, and at less cost.”
Huff says the State Constitution does not prohibit “contracting out”, the State Supreme Court has ruled that work that cannot be performed by employees hired under civil service procedures.
Huffs legislation would change that. “It would allow the state, if prudent, to contract with outside, private firms for services that are currently provided by the government,” Huff said.
Huff said SCA 11 will allow more cost-effective ways to do business. The Little Hoover Commission recommends an amendment to the state Constitution to remove any barriers to the state to contract with private firms to do public work.
By Mark Williams