Friday, September 14, 2012
Legal Battle Looms As Florida Moves Forward With Privatization
In his recent article, Dave Heller describes the legal battle raging down in Florida after the state's decision to privatize health services for prison inmates this week.
On Wednesday, the Legislative Budget Commission in Florida signed off on a plan which will allow two private companies to take full control of the health services of prison inmates. This new plan has been met with heavy resistance from local unions. The labor union, the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), plans to fight this decision by filing a lawsuit. The AFSCME asserts that the Legislative Budget Commission does not have the legal authority to approve this proposal.
The union's spokesman, Doug Martin, expressed outrage with the state's decision to select two companies with negative track records in Florida: "This isn't just a waste of money. It is something that injures and kills people and is a far overstep. So the question has to be asked, if it's not going to save money and it's been a disaster in the past, why are they doing this?"