Dropping in on Virginia again, Delegate Cline has introduced a bill that would require the state to contract out “commerical activities” if they cannot demonstrate a reason to keep them in-house. This falls in line with President Eisenhower’s statement of policy in 1955: “(I)t is the policy of the Government of the United States to rely on commercial sources to supply the products and services the government needs. The Government shall not start or carry on any activity to provide a commercial product or service if the product or service can be procured more economically from a commercial source.”
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.