NC Legislative News
Action Alert! The NC Senate passed SB20. The House will take it up and vote on Tuesday.
The bottom line: government officials and legislators must be held accountable to the people in their oversight of our tax dollars, whether with public employees or private contractors. We applaud fiscal responsibility and limited government. However, there are many scams and swindling of public tax dollars with many privatization schemes and consultant contracts. People are getting rich on the backs of US, the hard-working people.
Email and call your Raleigh House Members. NC Gas Tax To Make NC Highest Gas Tax in U.S. and Privatization More Costly Than the Cut 550 NCDOT Jobs!
(1) Email the letter below (or write your own)
(2) Copy paste emails. Hit 'Send.'
1- Email this letter. Deliver This Message.
Dear Representatives and Senators:
Please OPPOSE Senate Bill 20 - The Gas Tax Bill.
1) S20 RAISES the NC Gas Tax over time, with NO CAP on taxes!
2) S20 Cuts 550 Additional Department of Transportation jobs targeted in ROADWAY MAINTENANCE and ROADSIDE MAINTENANCE. This will hurt local services on state-maintained roads at the county level.
3) Preserve Roadway Maintenance and Roadside Management jobs within the Department of Transportation because this is the most cost effective use of taxpayer dollars to maintain our state highways in our counties.
There is a push to further privatize DOT without correcting the mistakes of past privatization efforts that cut thousands of DOT jobs in the name of privatization that end up hurting services with cost overruns. Some of these moves have proved costly to taxpayers and some have failed altogether.
Example: Nearly all DOT mowing of roadsides is done by private contractors.
Numerous complaints are made to DOT regarding mowing annually.
Questions to ask yourself?
How many times did your highway right-of-ways get mowed last year- 5, 4 or 3?
How tall was the grass during the summer?
How much trash got mowed over on our highway roadsides?
How many DOT signs got bent up or damaged by contract mowers?
Are contract mowers using local workers or foreign workers?
Any of these contract workers illegal?
How much trash/litter is on your roadsides?
The NC Department of Transportation has at least a third fewer state employees now than in 1990. In most areas of the Highway Division, staffing levels have decreased steadily since 2000 as workloads and job functions have increased.
Since 1990, Roadway Maintenance and Roadside Management has been cut substantially. Typical Roadside Departments have less than half the employees they had in 1990.
Outsourcing to private engineering firms and contractors is at the highest level ever at 85% for typical roadside departments and 76% for the Central Roadside Unit in Raleigh.
- Mowing 97%
- Landscape Installation 83%
- Seeding and Mulching 62%
- Landscape Maintenance 50%
The reason for the privatization push is supposedly saving tax dollars and increasing efficiency. But according to DOT studies, in 2013 and 2014, state employees can often do jobs at less cost and higher quality than outsourced firms.
Seeding, Mulching and Fertilization for Erosion Control.
State DOT Employees $1542/acre
Contract $1600 - $1900/acre
Plant Bed Maintenance.
State DOT Employees $0.13/Sq. Yd.
Contract $0.15 - $0.45/Sq. Yd.
Disclaimer: This data is for informational purposes only and not intended to be a reason for or against privatization. It is intended to raise questions of concern regarding Senate Bill 20.
(Your name, address)
2- Copy/Paste these emails into the TO bar. Hit 'Send.'
email@example.com, Terry.firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
More contact info below:
All NC House Member emails: https://ashevilleteaparty.org/?page_id=7942
N.C. SENATOR (Dist 48) Tom Apodaca (R) 919-733-5745 firstname.lastname@example.org
N.C. SENATOR (Dist 49) Terry VanDuyn (D) 919-715-3001 Terry.email@example.com
REPRESENTATIVE (Dist 114) Susan C. Fisher (D)919-715-2013 firstname.lastname@example.org
REPRESENTATIVE(Dist 115) John Ager (D) 919-733-5746 email@example.com
REPRESENTATIVE (Dist 116) Brian Turner (D) 919-715-3012 firstname.lastname@example.org
HVL: REPRESENTATIVE (Dist 113) Chris Whitmire (R) email@example.com
REPRESENTATIVE Chuck McGrady (Dist 117) (R) firstname.lastname@example.org
3- Call them also.
Motor Fuel Tax SB20 To Impact NC For Decades http://www.indyweek.com/news/archives/2015/02/12/nc-senate-passes-eventual-gas-tax-hike
Subject: Privatization vs state jobs
An audit report from the Wisconsin Legislative Audit Bureau revealed that the state's department of transportation wasted more than $1 million by outsourcing almost half its engineering work to private contractors over the past five years. The audit found that about 60% of these outsourced jobs could have been done at a lower cost by state workers, which would have saved the state $1.2 million.[iv] http://www.inthepublicinterest.org/node/457#_edn4
Myth #1: Privatization saves money.
The Truth: Privatization often raises costs for the public and governments.
Proponents of privatization promise to fix budget woes by saving the government money. But numerous examples in a variety of sectors show that projected savings don't always materialize. Cost overruns combined with hidden and indirect costs, such as contract monitoring and administration, can make privatization more expensive than in-house services for governments. In fact, the Government Finance Officers Association estimates that hidden and indirect costs can add up to 25% to the contract price.[i] http://www.inthepublicinterest.org/node/457#_edn1
The Government Accountability Office has found that methods by which agencies and privatization consultants conduct projections and report contract costs can make cost savings appear greater than they actually are.[ii] http://www.inthepublicinterest.org/node/457#_edn2
According to a 2007 survey by the International City/County Management Association, 52% of governments that brought services back in-house reported that the primary reason was insufficient cost savings.[iii] http://www.inthepublicinterest.org/node/457#_edn3
- An audit report from the Wisconsin Legislative Audit Bureau revealed that the state's department of transportation wasted more than $1 million by outsourcing almost half its engineering work to private contractors over the past five years. The audit found that about 60% of these outsourced jobs could have been done at a lower cost by state workers, which would have saved the state $1.2 million.[iv] http://www.inthepublicinterest.org/node/457#_edn4
- In February 2009, Chicago and Chicago Parking Meters LLC signed a 75-year concession agreement for the operation of Chicago's 36,000 parking meters. Along with many problems related to malfunctioning meters,rates have significantly increased, causing many residents to think twice before parking in the city. Many stores and merchants in the area complain that the rates have decreased business. In some parts of the city, rates increased in the first months to 28 quarters ($7) for 2 hours of parking time. The parking charges also have been extended to 7 days a week and for more hours during the day.[v] http://www.inthepublicinterest.org/node/457#_edn5