Should publi c works
be operated by
The need for road
improvement is at
times too broad for
It seems as though
do better work and
take more responsibility because
they are always at risk of
losing a contract.
Philip J. Gabriel
are more efficient,
have a higher
and less red tape.
CHRIS A RUSNAK
Public works, such as roads and prisons, have historically been
run by government. Today there is a trend to turn over their operation
to private companies.
Proponents of this trend believe that private interests operate more
efficiently than government, with less red tape, lower costs, improved
quality, more choices and less corruption.
Opponents maintain that governments have an incentive to run them
efficiently and honestly because governments are answerable to the people
and officials won’t get reelected if they do a poor job. They contend that
privatization does not prevent corruption, saves no money, jeopardizes the
quality of services and, in some cases, can force states to send jobs overseas.
What do you think?
The motives of the two
sides differ significantly.
rests with the government, construction
with the private sector.
King of Prussia, PA
has the best interest
of the people. Once we
lock in long leases with
we're at their mercy financially.
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Private interests tend
to be profit driven,
which may limit accessibility to lower- and