By SHERRY HALBROOK
PEF’s budget analysts have been hard at work carefully reviewing thousands of pages of budget bills to pick out the proposals and issues most important to PEF and its members in the time since Gov. Andrew Cuomo released the 2019-2020 Executive Budget on January 15. Among the major concerns they have come up with is the need for PEF to strongly oppose the budget proposals that would further advance the state’s continued reliance on private entities for public services – by privatization or contracting the work out to the private sector.
“This Executive Budget continues the disturbing trend of using private for-profit and not-for-profit entities to do the work that should be done by PEF-represented state employees,”said PEF President Wayne Spence. “Whether it is the State Office of Information Technology Services, Office of Mental Health, Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, Department of Transportation, or one of the many other state agencies, as we have illustrated at previous state budget hearings and continue to advocate, PEF members are best suited to deliver the professional public services the state provides. Continuing to divert services and resources to private entities at the expense of individuals who depend on state services is detrimental to those clients, state workers and to taxpayers.”
Legislative Hearing – Executive Budget Proposal: Workforce Development
Click here to watch PEF Vice-President Randi DiAntonio’s video testimony
Written testimony can be printed/read here
PEF has identified many more specific priorities and concerns in the Executive Budget and has compiled information on the specific impacts to state agencies. Click here to see 2019-2020 budget analysis.