Commentary

Car Wash: Core Function of Government?

Outraged over the high price of washing the city’s fleet at a private car wash, City Council member Brent Taylor said, “I guess the question is whether or not the city should be contracting that out or whether we have enough employees to wash the vehicles ourselves.” Yup, car washing….that’s a core function of government. Instead, if you’re trying to save money why not wash the cars less often?

Geoffrey Segal is the director of privatization and government reform at Reason Foundation, a nonprofit think tank advancing free minds and free markets. He is also editor of Reason's Privatization Watch.