"Vermonters should be doing this work. Period,” said House Majority Leader Floyd Nease (D-Johnson). “Instead of making every effort to find a way to employ Vermonters in this enterprise, the Douglas/Dubie administration has gone out of its way to avoid it."
November 6, 2009
Contact: Casey Haggas
Out-of-State Contracts Double While Vermont Jobs Continue to Leave
Montpelier, VT – On Tuesday, November 3, Connecticut-based Technology Partners International (TPI) announced it had signed a new $499,000 contract with Governor Jim Douglas for the purpose of analyzing Vermont’s information-technology systems. This latest development is further proof of his administration’s inability to recognize the needs of Vermonters, especially in light of the recent job cuts proposed by Douglas.
"Vermonters should be doing this work. Period,” said House Majority Leader Floyd Nease. “Instead of making every effort to find a way to employ Vermonters in this enterprise, the Douglas/Dubie administration has gone out of its way to avoid it,” he continued.
They talk a lot about Vermont becoming an ‘e’ state. The ‘e’ apparently means ‘exit’.”
Since Governor Douglas took office in 2003, the use of private contracts has grown roughly 200%, from $98 million to $300 million. Although the Douglas Administration doesn’t keep track of how much the state spends on out-of-state contracts, it is clear that they are sending millions of dollars out of state for work that could be done Vermonters.
“The TPI contract serves as yet another example of the Governor hiring a high-paid consultant rather than asking his own state workers to seek out efficiencies in government,” said Judy Bevans, Chair of the Vermont Democratic Party.
“The fact that TPI is the self-proclaimed ‘industry leader in successful outsourcing’ leaves us to wonder if this contract represents where the future of Vermont is headed,” Bevans continued. “It seems that the only state employee Douglas is interested in protecting is Brian Dubie.”
“This contract is yet another slap in the face to the working men and women of Vermont,” said Darren Allen, Communications Director for Vermont-National Education Association, the state’s largest union.
“The Douglas Administration talks about creating jobs, but as usual, it is only talk. Clearly, the Douglas Administration believes that the hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars going to TPI is better spent on an out-of-state firm dedicated to outsourcing than it is here in Vermont,” Allen continued.
“It’s inexcusable that the Douglas Administration is entering into new contracts while laying off state workers. This is in a time when we’re cutting probation and parole, health care and Veterans Home positions,” said Conor Casey, Legislative Coordinator for the Vermont State Employees Association.