Outsourcing Public Services: Governors Push Privatization, With Disastrous Results

October 14, 2020 0 By JohnValbyNation

Governors across the country have outsourced important public services to private firms with high-powered lobbyists, mostly with disastrous results, according to a report released Wednesday by the Center for Media and Democracy’s “Outsourcing America Exposed” project.

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“While large corporations are the winners in this scenario, all too often taxpayers are the losers when transparency, accountability and the public interest are sold out to for-profit firms,” reads the report, titled (pdf).

Pay to Prey details boondoggles from Pennsylvania, where Governor Tom Corbett “outsourced millions of dollars in state legal contracts to outside law firms (including one that later defended his unconstitutional voter ID bill) that are among his biggest campaign contributors;” Ohio, where Governor John Kasich’s “privatized economic development agency has failed to deliver promised jobs, but is receiving a huge stream of funds from Ohio liquor sales;” and Florida, where Governor Rick Scott “championed initiatives to drug test state employees and welfare recipients, benefiting his drug testing company;” along with those in other four other states.