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Better Service, Better Price

Better Service, Better Price

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Better Service, Better Price: How privatization can streamline government, improve services, and reduce costs for Kansas taxpayer. By Kansas Policy Institute.
Better Service, Better Price: How privatization can streamline government, improve services, and reduce costs for Kansas taxpayer. By Kansas Policy Institute.

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Published by: Bob Weeks on Jan 28, 2013
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How privatization canstreamline government,improve services,and reduce costsfor Kansas taxpayers.
 
Kansas Policy Institute is an independent non-profit organization that advocates for free markets and the protectionof personal freedom. Our work is focused on state and local economic issues in Kansas with particular emphasison education, fiscal policy and health care. KPI empowers citizens and legislators with credible research andcreative ideas to promote a low-tax, pro-growth environment that preserves the ability to provide high qualityservices. In addition to publishing issue-specific policy analysis and research KPI also operates several web sitesthat specialize in investigative journalism, state capital news reporting, transparency in government spending andplain language descriptions of actions taken by the Kansas Legislature.
Guarantee of Quality Scholarship
Kansas Policy Institute is committed to delivering the highest quality and most reliable research on state and localissues in Kansas. KPI guarantees that all original factual data are true and correct and that information attributed toother sources is accurately represented.
 
Table of Contents
Executive Summary......................................................................................................................................2Introduction.................................................................................................................................................3What is Privatization....................................................................................................................................4A.Potential Benefits of Privatization.................................................................................................5B.Where Privatization Can be Applied............................................................................................6C.Recent State and Local Privatization Developments.....................................................................8Potential State and Local Privatization Opportunities.................................................................................10Outside-the-Classroom K-12 Functions......................................................................................10Parks Operations and Maintenance............................................................................................10Solid Waste Collection ..............................................................................................................11Real Property Inventory..............................................................................................................12Correctional Services.................................................................................................................13Infrastructure Public-Private Partnerships...................................................................................14K-12 Educational Infrastructure..................................................................................................14Parking Infrastructure and Asset Management............................................................................15Road Infrastructure Construction, Operation, and Maintenance.................................................15Water and Wastewater Infrastructure..........................................................................................16Public Building Infrastructure and Facility and Grounds Maintenance.......................................17Higher Education Facilities and Services....................................................................................17Lessons Learned.........................................................................................................................................20A.Best Practices in Privatization.....................................................................................................20B.Privatization Myths and Facts.....................................................................................................22Conclusion................................................................................................................................................23Endnotes...................................................................................................................................................23About the Authors......................................................................................................................................25
Figures and Tables
Figure 1:Local Privatization Trends in the United States.............................................................................7Table 1:Use of For-Profit Contracting by Metro Status...............................................................................8Table 2:Charlotte-Mecklenburg School Board Outsourcing Update........................................................10Table 3:Outsourcing by Michigan School Districts.................................................................................10Table 4:Kansas State Ranking for Highway Performance and Cost-Effectiveness.....................................16

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