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Nothing Public Shall Stay: “State agencies hoping to privatize some services”

While Jindal contemplates upending public education in Louisiana by outsourcing it to private schools, no doubt breaking the teachers union in the process, the slow grinding of the Jindal crushing machine reaches new targets.

Under the benign guise of this headline, the Times-Picayune reports:

Two state agencies served notice Wednesday that they want to privatize some of their services by mid-year, moves that could cost more than 200 state employees their jobs. The proposals to outsource some jobs to private contractors were pitched to the state Civil Service Commission by the Office of Student Financial Assistance and three units of the Department of Health and Hospitals.

The commission will not act on the proposals until the agencies return with proposed contacts, indicating how much they cost and how much can be saved for taxpayers.Melanie Amrhein, executive director of the financial aid office, said the privatizing plan could cost 46 employees their jobs, mainly in student loan collections. She said the agency is allocated 136 positions now and 121 of them are filled.

This is on the heels of the Jindal-led privatization of the state’s Medicaid plans, in essence turning over the Federal dollars meant to help provide healthcare to the poor to corporate healthcare giants for management. Like the inverse of the Affordable Care Act, this is government abdicating responsibility for healthcare for the poor, while simultaneously exposing Federal dollars to profit-taking.

That great sucking sound? That’s the chute by which Jindal shovels public resources into the private trough. Faster and faster, without limit. Nothing public must stay. 

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