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December 2013 edition: State/local budgets, local vendor preferences, sentencing reform, private corrections, managed lanes, and more
December 2013 edition: State/local budgets, local vendor preferences, sentencing reform, private corrections, managed lanes, and moreDecember 3, 2013
- STATE/LOCAL BUDGETS: New Reports Highlight Fiscal Shape of States, Cities
- CONTRACTING: Are Local Vendor Preferences a Good Thing?
- CRIMINAL JUSTICE: Reforming Mandatory Minimum Laws in Louisiana
- CORRECTIONS: Responding to Critiques of Correctional Privatization
- TRANSPORTATION: Reviewing the First Year of the I-495 Express Lanes
- FEDERAL: Divesting the Tennessee Valley Authority
- INNOVATORS IN ACTION: Pursuing Fiscal Self-Reliance in Utah
- News & Notes
I’m always on the lookout for examples of policymakers explaining how privatization helped them deliver benefits to taxpayers. Unfortunately, there are too few examples. But this great promotional video produced by Republic Services does just that, using first-hand testimony from local officials in Toledo, Ohio, where since 2011 Republic has provided solid waste management services under contract (via an agreement with Lucas County).
October 2013 edition: State/local budgets, social impact bonds, private lottery management, pension reform, and moreOctober 31, 2013
In this issue:
- STATE/LOCAL BUDGETS: Reports Suggest Serious Fiscal Challenges Ahead
- SOCIAL FINANCE: Social Impact Bond Initiatives Gaining Traction in U.S.
- LOTTERIES: States Turning to Private Lottery Management
- TRASH COLLECTION: Detroit Seeking to Privatize Trash Collection
- CONTRACTING: Austin Report Finds a High Cost to Insourcing City Services
- INNOVATORS IN ACTION: Pension Reform in Utah & San José
- News & Notes
Beleaguered city seeking $15 million in annual savingsOctober 28, 2013
Detroit is seeking potential bidders for a five-year contract (or set of contracts) for the collection and disposal of residential trash, recycling, bulk waste and yard waste. Private firms reportedly told officials earlier this year that they believed that they could cut costs by approximately 30 percent ($15 million in savings on the $50 million annual cost of collection currently). Though these are preliminary numbers, and the true cost savings potential will be discovered through the current competitive bidding process, savings of that potential magnitude would be nothing to sneeze at given Detroit’s precarious fiscal position.
A couple of months ago, I wrote a column for the U-T San Diego on the proposed statewide plastic bag ban in California. In it, I made a quick mention of the fact that a plastic bag ban would bring with it a new bureaucracy and regulatory costs that would ultimately fall upon consumers and taxpayers. On this point, I received a message from Anthony van Leeuwen, who runs the "Fight The Plastic Bag Ban" site. In his note, he confirmed my suspicions and detailed how such bag ban bureaucracies are affecting consumers and taxpayers who shop and live in the many local governments in California that have imposed such bans.
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- Why We'll Never Run Out of Energy: Q&A with Science Writer Charles Mann
May 3rd, 2013
- Nick Gillespie Talks Plastic Bag Bans on NPR's Tell Me More
June 6th, 2012
- One Woman's Trash Is the City's Treasure
July 15th, 2010
- Paper or Plastic: Either Way, You Pay
July 30th, 2008
- Little Boxes
January 11th, 2008
- Privatization & Government Reform Newsletter #2 (Dec 2013 edition) (12/3)
- Privatization & Government Reform Newsletter #2 (12/3)
- Toledo Officials Tout Public-Private Partnership in Solid Waste Collection (11/27)
- Privatization & Government Reform Newsletter #1 (10/31)
- Detroit Seeking to Privatize Trash Collection (10/28)
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