Employee unions in Michigan target higher pay to private contractors

By Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press

A state government website dedicated to “transparency and accountability” could do a far better job on both counts to allow the public to track state spending with private contractors, state employee unions say.

At a news conference set today at the state Capitol, union representatives say they will join with Democratic lawmakers to call for greater public access to contract information, including improvements to the website –http://apps.michigan.gov/MiTransparency – confident that the more the people know, the better public employees will look.

According to a memo released to the Free Press, requested changes include:

• Making detailed invoices, not just summary information, available online.

http://www.freep.com/article/20120502/NEWS15/205020354

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