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State Session Roundups: MD, WV, IN, GA, KY & ID

State Session Roundups: MD, WV, IN, GA, KY & ID

Monday, April 21st, 2008

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State Session Roundups: MD, WV, IN, GA, KY & ID

As additional sessions finish up around the country, state legislatures have ended up accomplishing radically different amounts in the same sessions.

Toll Increases for Public Investment, Affordable Housing Plans & Hate Crime Laws

Toll Increases for Public Investment, Affordable Housing Plans & Hate Crime Laws

Thursday, January 17th, 2008

NJ: Raising Tolls & Keeping the Money for the Public - Unlike Privatization Ripoffs

After discussing the possibility of privatizing major state highways last year, New Jersey Governor John Corzine instead made a proposal earlier this month that called for significant increases in tolls that would provide nearly $30 billion to decrease state debt and invest in state transit projects. Unlike rhetorical promises around privatization money in other states, this plan actually laid out how money would get raised. 

Health Care Employer Mandate Approved by Appeals Court in Landmark Decision

Health Care Employer Mandate Approved by Appeals Court in Landmark Decision

Thursday, January 10th, 2008

New Report Calls for Greater Transparency in State Privatization Schemes

December 14, 2007

On Thursday, the Progressive States Network (PSN) released a report entitled Privatizing in the Dark: The Pitfalls of Privatization & Why Budget Disclosure is Needed, which outlines the need for new state laws requiring greater accountability and transparency in the privatization of government services.

Privatization Conference Call

On Thursday, December 13th at 1pm EST the Progressive States will be holding a conference call on bringing transparency to privatization by state governments.

Reducing the Mortgage Crisis, Abolishing the Death Penalty, & the Passenger's Bill of Rights

Reducing the Mortgage Crisis, Abolishing the Death Penalty, & the Passenger's Bill of Rights

Thursday, December 13th, 2007

Privatizing in the Dark: The Pitfalls of Privatization & Why Budget Disclosure is Needed

[Download a copy of the report in PDF format here.]

Periodically, we hear elected leaders promoting what seems like a free lunch: hand-over control of government services or government assets to private industry and services will improve at a lower cost. Like most promises of a free lunch, privatization of government services also known as"contracting out" or "public-private partnerships" has rarely delivered on its promises, with most studies showing little gain and often substantial losses for the public.

Privatizing in the Dark: The Pitfalls of Privatization & Why Budget Disclosure is Needed

Privatizing in the Dark: The Pitfalls of Privatization & Why Budget Disclosure is Needed

Monday, December 10th, 2007