Sent on Behalf of President Spence:
From: Leo, Chris
Sent: Monday, December 23, 2019 12:20 PM
To: Spence, Wayne
Subject: PEF Cost Benefit Analysis legislation update Sent on Behalf of President Spence:PEF Leaders:Governor Cuomo vetoed the PEF Cost Benefit Analysis legislation on December 13, 2019. (Veto message attached). Because nothing is more important than protecting our jobs from privatization, I have already instructed the PEF legislative department to seek additional avenues to accomplish this goal. I question the accuracy of the veto message that was issued, which stated ,”this bill is duplicative in practice. State agencies are already required to analyze and weigh the benefit of retaining consulting services with non-state entities.” We have seen on numerous occasion that this “practice” is not being followed. I would ask each of you to send any instance of violations of this “practice” to SDefruscio@pef.org at the PEF research department.The PEF cost-benefit legislation would have gone a long way to ensuring that state business is conducted with much needed transparency, while at the same time ensuring taxpayers are getting the high-quality, cost-effective services they deserve and have come to expect from PEF members and other public employees. Even though the measure was overwhelmingly passed by both houses of the New York State Legislature and overwhelmingly supported by both labor and good government groups alike, the Governor still saw fit to reject the legislation.I want to thank you for the phone calls, letters and emails you sent in support of the legislation.
Wayne SpencePEF President
RE: PEF Cost Benefit Legislation Delivered to the Governor Today
Are you tired of consultant contracts with state agencies? So am I. This is why I, once again, directed the PEF legislative Department to secure legislation passage in the Senate and Assembly A.5459 (Bronson) / S. 6048 (Breslin) that would require the cost effectiveness of “consultant services” in New York State agencies to be taken into consideration. The legislation directs state agencies to perform a cost comparison review and to develop business plans to evaluate the feasibility of entering into any qualifying contract.
The PEF Cost-Benefit Analysis legislation is one of the most important bills that PEF has had pass the New York Legislature and we now have a 10 day deadline. Last year, this legislation was vetoed and I am asking each PEF member to contact the Governor today!
The PEF Cost-Benefit Analysis legislation that has been earnestly pursued for years has again been delivered to the Governor. I know you are just as angry as I am watching New York State spend more than $2 billion per year on private consultants, when our PEF members can better accomplish the same professional work, while also saving taxpayers billions of dollars.We have ten days to help stop the use of expensive private consultants, will you help? Click here
This year PEF members from across the State wrote letters, made phone calls and sent emails that supported the passage of A.5459 (Bronson) / S. 6048 (Breslin) by both the New York State Senate and Assembly. Together we got it through the legislature and together we shall impress upon the Governor, with thousands of letters, just how important it is for him to sign the PEF Cost-Benefit Analysis legislation into law in 2019.
Contact the Governor! This much sought after item of PEF legislation, has been delivered to the Governor for Executive Action. While the Governor is making his decision, we must use the same ten (10) day period to let him know how important this bill is to every member of PEF and the citizens of New York State.
The cost-benefit legislation will, among other things, require state agencies, for contracts over $750,000, to conduct a cost/benefit study to determine if the current state workforce can do the sought after work for less before passing it off to expensive private consultants. The bill directs state agencies to perform a cost comparison review and to develop business plans to evaluate the feasibility of entering into any qualifying contract. Business plans will be submitted to, and reviewed by, the NYS Comptroller. The bill also provides remedies for any state workers laid off as a result of a consultant contract.To read more about the cost-benefit legislation click here A.5459 (Bronson) / S. 6048 (Bronson). Please feel free to write your own letter, but PEF has prepared a pre-written letter link for your convenience.
Once you have sent your letter, please forward the information in this email to your co-workers , friends and family members to help amplify the PEF voice.Please take a minute out of your busy schedule to contact Governor Cuomo’s Office and let him know how important it is that he signs this legislation into law. How to contact the Governor?
By telephone: 518-474-8390 you will be asked the bill number, your position of support and your zip code. The entire process takes less than a minute.
If you prefer to write your own personalized letter, it can be sent to:The Honorable Andrew M. CuomoGovernor of New York StateNYS Capitol BuildingAlbany, NY 12224
I would like to thank you in advance for sending a letter,
Wayne Spence, President PEF