|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||CONTACT: Cynthia Paul|
|TUESDAY, MAY 4, 2010||(517) 281-4731|
LANSING – With a $2-billion state budget deficit and a deadline for resolving it fast approaching, citizens groups, legislators and public employees on Thursday (May, 6, 2010) will call on the Michigan Legislature to pass a plan requiring the government to review and audit private contracts to ensure they do not raise costs or waste taxpayer dollars.
The Public Service Accountability Act will hold state government accountable to the public by requiring evaluations of whether privatization of public services actually saves taxpayer money. The State of Michigan spends $16 billion in tax dollars every year on private contracts.
PRESS CONFERENCE: THURSDAY, MAY 6, 2010
Cyndi Roper, executive director for A Better Michigan Future; Rep. Sarah Roberts (D-St. Clair Shores), sponsor of the Public Service Accountability Act; Rep. Alma Wheeler Smith; Karen Holcomb-Merrill of the Michigan League of Human Services; state employees Bill Ruhf and Amy Lipset; and others.
Room 252 (second floor)
State Capitol Building
WHEN:9:15 a.m. on Thursday, May 6, 2010
WEB SITE: www.ABetterMichiganFuture.org.