By Kelly McCutchen
In reaction to the state’s new emphasis on competitive contracting of services, the state employees’ union has begun a full-scale campaign to stigmatize and discredit the concept of privatization. Their horror stories are attempts to spread the myth that contracting with the private sector will fail to save taxpayers money, will reduce the quality of services and will result in widespread fraud and corruption. These myths, however, can easily be refuted.
Privatization well lead to widespread layoffs of state employees.
Most public employees do not lose their jobs as a result of privatization. In fact, many states require private contractors to give hiring preferences to current state employees, while other states go even further by…