New 2014 Legislative Report

How Outsourcing Contributes to Inequality

Private Prisons Fail to Save Taxpayers Money

Failures in Outsourcing

Giving thanks for public water

The impact of Prop 47 on the private prison industry

Case Studies

  • Chicago's Parking Meters

    In 2009, the City of Chicago leased its parking meters to a private firm for 75 years, giving the company rights to all revenue generated by the meters. Parking rates immediately soared and meters malfunctioned, causing an uproar from local residents and businesses.
  • Felton Water System

    Facing repeated rate increases of up to 78%, residents of the small town of Felton, California, organized to buy back their water system from a subsidiary of a huge German corporation.