In recent years, many states have worked to promote the growth of charter schools, but have failed to pay adequate attention to the importance of commonsense safeguards and protections for parents, communities, and taxpayers.
Last year, In the Public Interest released a report that highlighted the harmful way our tax dollars are fueling income inequality. Every time a city or state outsources a public service to a low-wage contractor, the community loses. Taxpayers have to make up the difference in the form of nutrition assistance, health care coverage, and other programs designed to help people working for minimum wage and living in poverty.
Texas has a reputation as a “business-friendly” state, but when it comes to contracting, is the Lone Star State too friendly with its private-sector vendors? That’s the question now before the state legislators in Austin as yet another no-bid state contract has come under fire for allegations of cronyism and corruption.