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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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- Developments in State Government Privatization
Annual Privatization Report 2013 examines privatization trends at the state level
Leonard Gilroy and Lisa Snell
April 22, 2013
- Parks 2.0: Operating State Parks Through Public-Private Partnerships
Defining and applying the park operation public-private partnership (PPP) model.
Leonard Gilroy, Harris Kenny and Julian Morris
January 8, 2013
- Privatization and Public-Private Partnership Trends in Local Government
Local Government Privatization Chapter of Annual Privatization Report 2010
Leonard Gilroy, Harris Kenny, Samuel Staley and Adam Summers
February 23, 2011
- Privatization and Public-Private Partnership Trends in State Government
State Government Privatization Chapter of Annual Privatization Report 2010
Leonard Gilroy, Harris Kenny, Shirley Ybarra and Tyler Millhouse
February 18, 2011
- Funding the National Park System
Improving Services and Accountability with User Fees
April 1, 2005
- 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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