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Designing a Comprehensive Privatization Program for Cities Designing a Comprehensive Privatization Program for Cities
Executive Summary Mayors, city council members, and city managers across the nation continue to confront unprecedented fiscal constraints as the cost of operating government continues to outpace revenues. City officials need a solution to the fiscal crisis that is practical, responsive, entrepreneurial, and comprehensive, yet provides flexibility as to project scope and the timing of implementation. Comprehensive, city-wide privatization programs meet these criteria. Comprehensive privatization...
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Author: info@reason.org (John Stainback)
1509 Hits, 8 Comments, Added On 1/31/1993 10:00:00 PM

Designing an Effective Bidding and Monitoring System to Minimize Problems in Competitive Contracting Designing an Effective Bidding and Monitoring System to Minimize Problems in Competitive Contracting
Executive Summary Contracting out services to the private sector, a popular form of privatization, has emerged as a standard management technique for state and local governments in the United States and throughout much of Europe. Fully 99 percent of respondents to a 1987 state and local government survey by Touche Ross reported that they contracted out at least one service to a private firm.i Experience has demonstrated that contracting out can result in significant cost savings, efficiency...
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Author: info@reason.org (John Rehfuss)
980 Hits, 1 Comments, Added On 1/31/1993 10:00:00 PM

Competitive Contracting of Transit Services Competitive Contracting of Transit Services
Executive Summary In the United States, transit operating costs per vehicle mile increased 418 percent from 1970 to 1990twice the rate of inflation aand two-and-a-half times the cost of similar service in the private bus industry. Two-thirds of transit costs are paid by federal, state, and, predominantly, local subsidies. The majority of the public funding has supported low and declining transit productivity and high transit wages and benefits. Transit's problem is not funding. Nearly ten percent of...
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Author: info@reason.org (Jean Love)
1210 Hits, 6 Comments, Added On 2/28/1993 10:00:00 PM

Cost Savings from Privatization Cost Savings from Privatization
Executive Summary Opponents of privatization and other methods of increasing competition in government-financed services frequently claim that privatization/competition rarely results in cost savings for government or society at large. In fact, some argue that privatization increases costs to the taxpayer. These claims are refuted by a substantial body of research that has documented significant savings from privatization/competition. More than 100 studies over the course of the last 20 years have...
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Author: info@reason.org (John Hilke)
1595 Hits, 5 Comments, Added On 2/28/1993 10:00:00 PM

How To Compare Costs Between In-House and Contracted Services How To Compare Costs Between In-House and Contracted Services
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Fiscal constraints are prompting state and local officials to streamline government operations, and contracting out has emerged as a popular tool for providing high-quality services at the lowest possible cost. State and local governments in the United States currently contract for over $100 billion in services every year, and interest in contracting out is increasing. Though there are many considerations that enter into the privatization decision, cost is unquestionably among the...
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Author: info@reason.org (Lawrence Martin)
1255 Hits, 1 Comments, Added On 2/28/1993 10:00:00 PM

How to Enable Private Toll Road Development How to Enable Private Toll Road Development
Executive Summary By using the private sector to finance and operate highway, bridge, and tunnel facilities, states can supplement limited public-sector resources. There are a number of possible modes of public/private partnerships, for both the creation of new facilities and the rebuilding or upgrading of existing facilities. Public/private partnerships such as the use of private tollways offer significant economic benefits. Private capital can make up some or all of the shortfall in America's...
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Author: bob.poole@reason.org (Robert Poole)
1110 Hits, 6 Comments, Added On 4/30/1993 9:00:00 PM

Contracting Water and Wastewater Utility Operations Contracting Water and Wastewater Utility Operations
Executive Summary Mounting regulatory pressure, scarcity of competent personnel, and significant budgetary problems are leading more and more communities to consider private-sector contract operations and maintenance (O&M) of water and wastewater facilities. At present, there are about 400 O&M contracts in the United States for municipal water and wastewater facilities with rated capacities over 1 million gallons per day. This represents about 5 percent of all facilities. When properly...
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Author: info@reason.org (Roger Hartman)
3478 Hits, 261 Comments, Added On 5/31/1993 9:00:00 PM

Techniques for Mining the Public Balance Sheet Techniques for Mining the Public Balance Sheet
Executive Summary State and local governments are increasingly searching for innovative solutions to balancing budgets without raising taxes. “Mining the public balance sheet,” a systematic process of identifying and divesting government assets through sale, lease, or other techniques, offers one way to increase nontax revenues. Moreover, if done carefully, mining the balance sheet can result in upgrading of the asset, new tax revenues, and preserved or improved service quality. Effective...
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Author: info@reason.org (Roger D. Feldman)
1173 Hits, 1 Comments, Added On 8/31/1993 9:00:00 PM

Privatization and Public Employees Privatization and Public Employees
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Introducing competition into the delivery of public services, as through competitive contracting, can help stretch scarce tax dollars, often saving 20-50 percent. Politically, however, privatization can be extremely difficult, since public employees often view privatization as a threat to their livelihood. The cooperation of public workers is essential to a successful privatization program, and public officials should communicate a commitment to fair treatment for current employees....
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Author: info@reason.org (John O'Leary)
2511 Hits, 279 Comments, Added On 8/31/1993 9:00:00 PM

Rightsizing Government Rightsizing Government
Executive Summary State and local governments now face a series of unprecedented challenges: budget deficits, bloated workforces, decaying infrastructure, shrinking tax bases, citizen opposition to new taxes, and taxpayer-imposed tax and spending limitations. A new breed of public-sector managers, inspired by the successful streamlining of American business are trying to meet these challenges—not by increasing taxes or government spending—but by fundamentally transforming government...
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Author: info@reason.org (William D. Eggers)
1341 Hits, 2 Comments, Added On 12/31/1993 10:00:00 PM

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