Moderated by Rick Badie
Today, we ask if free-market competition can trump government planning and public service delivery. Cash-strapped state governments are turning to public-private partnerships and outsourcing to save money and, it is hoped, improve efficiency. One writer praises proposed legislation that would set guidelines for such agreements in Georgia. A privatization proponent writes about the trend growing nationwide, while another author suggests governments should proceed cautiously.
Control public contracting services
By Donald Cohen
Cash-strapped state and local governments have handed over control of public services and assets to corporations backed by Wall Street banks that promise to handle them better. Not only has outsourcing these services failed to keep this promise, but too often it undermines transparency, accountability, shared prosperity and competition.
Atlantans have seen this firsthand in the agreement that turned water services over to