Nov 23, 2020
Heating and air conditioning don’t work in a number of 60‑year‑old public schools in Prince George’s County, Maryland, near Washington, D.C. But instead of hiring more people to do the necessary work, the county council voted in October to contract with private companies.
County politicians propose to pay 30 to 34 million dollars per year for 30 years—a total of over 1.2 billion dollars—to developer and investment company Fengate Capital Management, construction company Gilbane, architectural company Stantec, and employment contractor Honeywell. These companies will build six schools and then maintain them for those years. Corporate subsidies, corporate profit in the driver’s seat.
When this kind of shady arrangement was tried in Canada, it’s no surprise there were so many cost overruns that a number of jurisdictions took back their schools.
The plain fact is, the schools need to hire more workers. How to pay for this? By taxing corporations, not by handing out sweetheart deals.