New at Reason: Review of State Privatization Issues in 2010 and Today

The rollout of Reason Foundation’s Annual Privatization Report 2010 continues today with the release of the State Government Privatization section, authored by Reason’s Leonard Gilroy, Harris Kenny, Shirley Ybarra and Tyler Millhouse. The document provides a comprehensive overview of the latest on privatization and public-private partnerships (PPPs) in state government. Topics include:

  • Privatization initiatives in New Jersey, Louisiana and Puerto Rico;
  • Divesting state alcohol monopolies;
  • PPPs for state parks management;
  • Lottery privatization in Illinois;
  • Privatization of state workers compensation programs and economic development agencies;
  • PPPs in higher education;
  • Contracting for performance in child welfare privatization and more.

APR 2010: State Government Privatization [pdf, 900 kB]
Complete Annual Privatization Report 2010

Harris Kenny is a state and local government policy analyst at Reason Foundation, a non-profit think tank advancing free minds and free markets.

Harris has worked alongside policymakers in Colorado, Texas, Florida, North Carolina, Arizona, Oregon and elsewhere to implement public policy solutions. Harris is currently serving as a member of the Local Authority Working Group of Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper's Amendment 64 Task Force, which is providing guidance on implementing recreational marijuana legalization. He conducts research on public finance, public-private partnerships, privatization, public safety, criminal justice and regulatory policy issues.

Harris has appeared on various television and radio outlets, such as National Public Radio, HuffPost Live, Al Jazeera, Voice of Russia and Colorado Public Television. His writing has been published in The Wall Street Journal, The Denver Post, The Sacramento Bee, The Orange County Register, Real Clear Markets,, and other print and online outlets. He also serves as co-editor of Reason Foundation's Annual Privatization Report ( and Innovators in Action ( publications.

Prior to joining Reason Foundation, Harris worked at the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation. He earned a BA in Economics from Pepperdine University, where he worked as a research assistant to Dr. Luisa Blanco at Pepperdine University's School of Public Policy.

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