VSEA Applauds Introduction Today Of H. 226: The Public Service Accountability Act

Legislation Will Shine Spotlight On Private Contractors Who Replace State Services.

 Vermont State Employees’ Association Applauds Today’s Introduction Of
H. 226: “The Public Service Accountability Act”
            The Vermont State Employees Association (VSEA) will be urging the General Assembly to pass the “Public Service Accountability Act,” which was introduced today by Rep. Paul Poirier (D-Barre).
            “This important legislation establishes what VSEA believes is a much-needed set of checks and balances to ensure that if a State service is being replaced with a private contractor, that contractor must first demonstrate it is reputable, meaning it must have a proven track record of quality service and employee fairness,” said VSEA Director Jes Kraus. “If the State is going to continue spending hundreds of millions of our tax dollars to employ private contractors, then Vermonters deserve to know that these contractors are above board and playing by the rules.”
            Kraus added that the seven pieces of information the legislation would require private vendors to specify in contracts is critical to ensuring that the people reviewing the merit of a particular private contract have all the details they need to make sound judgments about the contractor’s overall track record with respect to quality of service and treatment of employees.
            “The level of transparency this bill would bring to the State’s private contracting practices is greatly needed if Vermonters are ever going to have piece of mind that our tax dollars are being spent wisely and in Vermont’s best interest,” said Kraus. “It will also provide legislators with a detailed analysis of the true costs of a specific private contract, which they can then use to compare against the costs of having state employees perform the service.”
            H. 226 currently has 24 co-sponsors.