privatization http://wrkf.org en Taking a Closer Look at State Contracts http://wrkf.org/post/taking-closer-look-state-contracts <p>Louisiana has billions of taxpayer dollars tied up in thousands of contracts—for goods and services, consulting, privatization and more. Lawmakers, frustrated by the continuing battles to balance the state budget, are pushing to take a closer look at those contracts.</p><p> Wed, 28 May 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Sue Lincoln 27204 at http://wrkf.org Taking a Closer Look at State Contracts Why For-Profit Prisons House More Inmates Of Color http://wrkf.org/post/why-profit-prisons-house-more-inmates-color A <a href="http://journal.radicalcriminology.org/index.php/rc/article/view/44/html">new study</a> by a UC-Berkeley graduate student has surprised a number of experts in the criminology field. Its main finding: Private prisons are packed with young people of color.<p>The concept of racial disparities behind bars is not exactly a new one. Study after report after working group has found a version of the same conclusion. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 11:12:00 +0000 editor 23694 at http://wrkf.org Why For-Profit Prisons House More Inmates Of Color DHH Wants More Medicaid Privatization, Stakeholders Hesitant http://wrkf.org/post/dhh-wants-more-medicaid-privatization-stakeholders-hesitant <p>The state <a href="http://www.dhh.louisiana.gov/">Department of Health and Hospitals</a> is taking preliminary steps to further privatize Medicaid in Louisiana. In August, DHH released <a href="http://www.laddc.org/news/LaDDCNews8-30-2013.pdf">a concept paper</a> about reforms to long-term care for the developmentally disabled and low-income elderly.</p><p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 11:45:47 +0000 Ashley Westerman 18352 at http://wrkf.org DHH Wants More Medicaid Privatization, Stakeholders Hesitant Privatization Oversight Bill Fails http://wrkf.org/post/privatization-oversight-bill-fails <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Governor </span>Jindal’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> administration has said privatizing state services saves money, but some legislators are wary about the quality of those those services and whether they help the budget.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A measure that would have provided more oversight for contracts died in a Senate committee yesterday, as those that work at the Capitol hunkered down on the holiday to get everything done before the session ends on June 6.</span></p><p> Tue, 28 May 2013 13:29:11 +0000 Kelly Connelly 11009 at http://wrkf.org Hospital Privitization Costs Still Foggy After Auditor's Report http://wrkf.org/post/hospital-privitization-costs-still-foggy-after-auditors-report <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lawmakers that have fought the Administration for more power in the process of privatizing the state’s charity hospitals may get their wish as they consider funding for the cost of laying off hospital workers.</span></p><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">According to a report by the state auditor’s office, the privatization will cost the state 42 million dollar in leave payouts and unemployment payments.&nbsp;</span></p></div><div> Tue, 14 May 2013 13:15:28 +0000 Kelly Connelly 10343 at http://wrkf.org