The part you left out is that by paying less for services the state can tax less so that everyone will have more of their own money.
Mandating privatization isn't a good idea, as many have mentioned, their school district makes it work fine with employed staff. If employed staff are the cheapest way to go, why should a school board want to pay more for a private company to do it? Only if a private company can do it cheaper should this be an issue.
If ten lunch ladies got together and wanted to form their own company to provide meals for less than they were being paid with benefits and the cost of administration, the school board should go for it. If the lunch ladies can be more efficient, better purchasers, any profit (or loss) goes to them.
You should congratulate yourself for beginning what will be know as the worse mess in Michigan ever. As if, blatently dipping your dirty paws into the "Ol Folks" fixed income ( retirement pension ) piggy bank wasn't bad enough. Now the attack on the lowest payed groups within the educational arena. Obviously you are only blind in one eye and just don't see to well from the other. Replacing these groups are not the answer to Michigans financial woes but moreover the last straw in Michigans demise. Whats another 3000 or 4000 foreclosers in Michigan ? Oh and, the unemployment rate beginning July 1 2012 is most likely to astound you. Had your eye sight been repaired while you had health insurance, you might have seen that the cushy union jobs your looking to destroy have a top pay just under the top pay for Mc Donalds employees and relatively the same health care program, NONE... The top dollar, no work to earn pay union poisitions you're exagerating about, went out with the Beach Boys a long time ago. These folks break their back for pensions that are far from adequate or even close to a means of survival. The give backs from any one of the contracts you claim to be such a burden, will simply show the amount of benefits and wages that have been given back over the course of the past 8 - 10 years. On the other hand, had your one bad eye been even close to examining what goes on at the Administrative level in any educational establishment, you MIGHT HAVE seen such instances such as admistrators that were allowed to retire to pensions upwards of $65,000 and at the same time be hired back into the sytem as "Contracted Cunsaltants" at the tune of $110,000 per year with additional perks. Now that's cushhhhhy. Hmmm, did I miss something here? Yup congratulations on totally missing the boat. After these guys are gone, your position will move to the next lowest... Quite an acheivement... Yur gonna love the new Michigan