Intuit, a private firm that manufactures TurboTax, has pushed California lawmakers to eliminate the popular, successful, and cost-effective public tax filing services, ReadyReturn and CalFile. These two programs offer millions of low- and middle-income Californians a free and reliable method to calculate and file taxes.
Since he took office earlier this year, New Jersey Gov. Chris
Christie has waged an ideological war on state employees and programs,
and advocated for unsustainable and costly privatization schemes. Even
in light of overwhelming public opposition
to privatization and the significant pitfalls associated with these
types of initiatives, the Governor established a privatization task
force by executive order in early April, seeking to identify $50 million in savings.
On June 15, voters in Trenton, New Jersey, soundly rejected a proposal to sell a majority of Trenton Water Works' infrastructure, including pipes, water towers, and tanks, to a private company. For several years, Trenton Mayor Douglas Palmer argued that water privatization would generate immediate revenue for the cash-strapped city and end its obligation to maintain aging infrastructure in surrounding townships. Community activists, unions, and the Stop the Sale campaign, successfully challenged the Mayor's plan. In the weeks leading up to the vote, polling indicated that 95 percent of city residents disapproved of the initiative.
Who benefits from hyping criminal enforcement as the solution to the
As a Service and Employees International Union (SEIU)
highlights, one key player profiting off the nation's broken
immigration system is the private prison firm, Corrections Corporation
of America (CCA). CCA operates and profits significantly from private
prisons across the country, many of which house immigrants in detention,
a kind of legal limbo in which immigrants are imprisoned while their
cases are being considered, or who are in the process of being deported.
According to the American Journalism Review, state house news
reporting is down 30 percent nationally. New Jersey may be adding to the problem by reducing
funding for and privatizing functions of the New Jersey
Network (NJN), the only non-partisan public television and radio
news source that exclusively covers the state.
Last month, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie unveiled his $29.3
budget proposal -- an extremely regressive plan that would only
exacerbate the economic pain for the state's working and middle class