Gov. Don Carcieri of Rhode Island is reportedly moving forward with replacing roughly 80 state employees with private contractors. According to an Associate Press article, the privatization is expected to save taxpayers an estimated $13 million over five years.

The move is just one way the governor plans to cut the budget deficit, and those employees whose jobs are in jeopardy are primarily dedicated union janitors and housekeepers. The outsourcing would guarantee a contract for three year, with a state option for two one-year extensions.

According to the article, though, "legislative leaders and union officials said the governor's plan violates a new state law that requires an in-depth cost-benefit analysis 60 days before seeking bids from private companies."

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