Just because the state is privatizing management of almost every government building doesn’t mean more jobs will be cut. That’s according to Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, who has been defending an outsourcing contract that led to 126 layoffs.
Real estate firm Jones Lang LaSalle will do what was a function of the Department of General Services. It’s also overseeing a major overhaul to state office space, which includes renegotiating leases and moving some departments to new buildings. Haslam says it will save the state $100 million over time.
“What I said I would do when I ran was try to deliver the very best service for the lowest price. Sometimes that means privatization. Sometimes that means we can do it better ourselves.”
Haslam points to the Department of Transportation, which has begun doing more of its own design work after noticing how much it was costing to hire outside contractors.