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Last weekend, the Orange County Register ran an op-ed of mine making the case for more privatization in California State Parks. I say "more" because last year the state turned over the operation of dozens of its state parks to private, nonprofits—as well as another handful to private, for-profit recreation management companies—to avoid the closure of these parks, keeping them open for public enjoyment.
Privatization won't ruin California's state parks, in fact the private sector may be needed to save themMay 31, 2013
A recent report from the Little Hoover Commission recommends paring back the agency and devolving some of its key functions—most notably, the operation of parks themselves—to third parties. It calls for a new operating model that includes expanding the role of outside partners in the direct operation and management of state parks. These outside partners would include other governments, nonprofits, and for-profit companies.
Many thanks to the Washington Policy Center for publishing my legislative memo today on how to avoid the closure of dozens of Washington State parks, as Gov. Inslee has proposed if his tax increase package fails to advance
Antiquated, top-down management model is unsustainable; private sector can play major roleMay 17, 2013
The century-old, top-down model of state parks operated and managed by state parks agencies is not sustainable and needs to be replaced by an approach in which the parks agency sets the mission for the parks system and then serves as a coordinator to arrange the right blend of public and private sector operators on a park-by-park basis.
The rollout of Reason Foundation's Annual Privatization Report 2013 continues today with the release of the Local Government Privatization section, which which provides an overview of the latest on privatization and public-private partnerships in local government.
Subsection of Annual Privatization Report 2013: Local Government PrivatizationMay 6, 2013
This subsection of Reason Foundation's Annual Privatization Report 2013: Local Government Privatization reviews new ways to provide parks and recreation amenities through privatization.
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- Public-Private Partnerships Could Save State Parks
Privatization won't ruin California's state parks, in fact the private sector may be needed to save them
May 31, 2013
- Rethinking Washington State Parks: How to Avoid Governor Inslee’s Plan to Close 60 State Parks
Antiquated, top-down management model is unsustainable; private sector can play major role
May 17, 2013
- Finding New Ways to Provide Parks and Recreation Amenities
Subsection of Annual Privatization Report 2013: Local Government Privatization
May 6, 2013
- California Pioneers Public-Private Partnerships for Private Operation of State Parks
Subsection of Annual Privatization Report 2013: State Government Privatization
April 22, 2013
- A Public-Private Partnership Could Help the ABQ BioPark Zoo
Finding Ways to Address Budget Deficits and Deferred Maintenance
Katie Furtick and Harris Kenny
November 19, 2012
- Don't Close State Parks; Lease Them
Partnering with the private sector to save California's state parks
May 20, 2011
- 2010 Highlights in State Government Privatization
Reviewing privatization highlights in lotteries, child welfare, social infrastructure and more
March 23, 2011
- Making Parks Decent Again
How the private sector can save public parks
December 2, 2010
- Is Gassing Wolf Pups Better Than Hunting Their Parents?
Environmentalists force a tough choice in the Northern Rockies.
September 7, 2010
- Taking State Parks off the State's Books, Part 2
Do we need a public sector monopoly on the operation of public lands?
June 24, 2010
- This Land is Your Land; This Land is My Land
Why do the feds spend so much to make our Western wilderness theirs?
April 26, 2010
- Taking State Parks off the State's Books
Tap the private sector to take over operations, management of state parks
April 14, 2010
- California Parks Need User Fees
Only 13 of the 279 parks and beaches are financially self-supporting
September 1, 2009
- National Parks Need Competitive Sourcing
Testimony to US Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee
July 24, 2003
- Saving California State Parks through Public-Private Partnerships (6/1)
- Public-Private Partnerships Could Save State Parks (5/31)
- How to Avoid Closing Washington State Parks (5/17)
- Rethinking Washington State Parks: How to Avoid Governor Inslee’s Plan to Close 60 State Parks (5/17)
- New at Reason: Looking Back at the Last Year in Local Government Privatization (5/6)
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