In Case You Missed It: Dan Walters' Commentary: "California fights feds over states' rights, but same issue affects local governments"

Monday, August 28, 2017

SACRAMENTO – In his commentary published in recently in CalMatters, Dan Walters highlights AB 1250.

Excerpted Commentary:

… one of the most significant is Assembly Bill 1250 … is supposedly aimed at making counties more efficient and accountable. … it’s evident that its true motive is protecting unionized civil service jobs from private sector competition. … The Senate Governance and Finance Committee’s staff analysis declared: “AB 1250 erodes local officials’ ability to manage local affairs, making it hard for them to preserve essential public services during tough financial times. Local elected officials are well-positioned to judge the merits of a service contract and can either negotiate better terms or reject a contract altogether.” … The more important criticism is coming from … Gov. Brown’s Department of Finance, which is opposed because “it applies a one-size-fits-all approach to contracting for personal services that could severely restrict the ability of counties to provide services in an efficient manner (and) makes sweeping change…when the extent of the problem is unknown.” … Do as we say, not as we do?

Please click here to read the full commentary in CalMatters.

Please click here to learn more about the list of opposition against AB 1250 and what others are saying about the legislation.

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