Senate Minority Leader Lee Harris, joined by fellow Democratic lawmakers, in a series of hearings on state privatization efforts visit the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga to hear comments from campus employees, students and faculty on the effects of outsourcing additional state jobs.
The hearings come as Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's administration looks at extending privatization of building management, maintenance and other services to public colleges, state parks, hospitals, National Guard armories and prisons.
Senator Harris noted in a news release that during their panel's recent "fact-finding trip to Knoxville, Rep. Clemmons and I heard from campus employees who are working hard and doing everything they can to save taxpayers money. It was a good opportunity to get outside the Nashville bubble and hear directly from the workers who will be impacted by the governor's outsourcing plans. I look forward to visiting Chattanooga to learn more from our state employees."