Voters in Lexington, Kentucky sent a clear message that they did not want the city-county to condem and buy a private water utility. Four of the five new Urban County Council members oppose the city’s efforts to get control of Kentucky-American Water, a privately owned utility. Coalition partner, Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions has been at the front of the battle. Read a great editorial here. Even with the demise of government takeovers in Lexington, the Mayor of Louisville (what’s up with Kentucky?) is considering ‘buying’ the local energy company!
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.