Beth Harwell, speaker of the Tennessee House of Representatives, believes decisions over wether to privatize or outsource management of state programs should be left to the governor.
“I tend to agree with the governor on this, I think it is more of an executive decision because he is the executive manager of the state, departments report to him,” she told TNReport during a Nov. 12 interview.
The Nashville Republican added, “But if there is legislative approval needed, we will certainly take a look at it.”
Gov. Bill Haslam has been exploring the possibility of hiring private companies to deliver certain state services and handle government operations where it could potentially save taxpayers money.
Some lawmakers and government-worker advocacy groups are wary of such moves and looking to block the administration from unilaterally outsourcing state jobs to the private sector.
Ron Ramsey, who serves as both Senate speaker and lieutenant governor, has indicated support for exploring privatization and outsourcing options, but suggested Haslam seek “buy-in” from members of the General Assembly before making final decisions.