The Tuesday, March 31, 2020 city council agenda has this item on it:
The public health department needs help in its laboratories.
What we don’t understand is why the city has to pay UTEP. Clearly there are a lot of UTEP laboratory trained people that have reduced work loads right now but are still being paid with public money.
Why can’t these people just volunteer?
Or absent volunteers why can’t UTEP just reassign the duties of a few of them while the need exists?
Why do local taxpayers have to fork over $200 thousand dollars?
Won’t the city have to assign an administrator to handle the billing? Won’t UTEP have to assign an administrator to create the bills? How much will that cost?
Do the leaders involved think that the only way to get things done is to pay people?
Could it be that they would never think of doing something for the public good for free and thus cannot imagine anyone else doing it?
We deserve better