Thousands of private and non-profit firms across the state threatened by a sweeping labor bill that would hamstring the ability of county governments to contract for services.
The scope is breathtaking.
We’re talking about services for homeless and mentally ill people, elder abuse and domestic violence victims, cancer patients and drug addicts.
The bill would also affect agencies helping troubled youth, reducing criminal recidivism and providing meals and food for the poor and elderly.
Beyond health and social services, the bill would hinder counties’ ability to contract with private firms for critical operational services such as financial, planning and environmental consultants, outside legal advisers and private ambulance providers.