Local leaders take aim at Doyle bill on privatization

Local leaders take aim at Doyle bill on privatization

Senator says he's only looking for transparency

PAWTUCKET - It's being labeled as an effort to satisfy the state's unions that will end up costing cities and towns more money in cumbersome regulations.

A proposed bill from Sen. Jamie Doyle, establishing "appropriate non-partisan institutional oversight" of the privatization process, could slow the momentum of cost-saving efforts across the state, according to Pawtucket Mayor Don Grebien, while adding cumbersome red tape to the process.

Doyle told members of the media that his bill is not an effort to end privatization efforts, but instead to bring "transparency" to the process. The senator's voicemail was full this week and not accepting messages.

Grebien is in the process of handing over the city's trash and recycling services to an outside contractor, MTG Disposal, a move he says will likely save about $4 million over the life of a five-year $11 million contract.

The controversial move has been heavily disputed by representatives for the Local 1012 of the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees, who say the projected savings from Grebien is not accurate.

Read the entire story in our E-paper edition
or join Breeze Premium to read and comment on the top stories in all five Breeze papers online.