Wisconsin - SB 11
AN ACT relating to: state finances, collective bargaining for public employees, compensation and fringe benefits of public employees, the state civil service system, the Medical Assistance program, sale of certain facilities, granting bonding authority, and making an appropriation.
16.896 Sale or contractual operation of state−owned heating, cooling,
and power plants.
(1) Notwithstanding ss. 13.48 (14) (am) and 16.705 (1), the
department may sell any state−owned heating, cooling, and power plant or may
contract with a private entity for the operation of any such plant, with or without
solicitation of bids, for any amount that the department determines to be in the best
interest of the state. Notwithstanding ss. 196.49 and 196.80, no approval or
certification of the public service commission is necessary for a public utility to
purchase, or contract for the operation of, such a plant, and any such purchase is
considered to be in the public interest and to comply with the criteria for certification
of a project under s. 196.49 (3) (b).
Seriously, what's the big fuss about?? The state can sell the plants at any price they want based on the best interest of the state.
What's the problem?
Update; My Revised Opinion:
The Wisconsin Bill needs to be revised to demand competitive bidding for selling off utility plants. Allowing to state to accept any bid it wants can open the door for corruption.