Governor Tom Vilsack says it’s time to review the work the state is paying private contractors to do. This year the state is paying about 400-million dollars to private companies for work state employees used to do or can’t do. For example, lots of computer upgrades are done by private contractors. Republican Governor Terry Branstad raised the ire of unionized state employees by actively seeking out contracts for some services, like cleaning Interstate rest areas, and firing the state workers who used to do those jobs. Branstad argued the state saved lots of money from such arrangements, by not having to pay benefits to the workers. Vilsack says there may not be that much savings, and actually extra costs associated with contract work.
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