|The Potential Pitfalls of Privatization|
Four memos outlining the potential pitfalls of the privatization of public goods and services, produced along with Local Progress.
|Be Wary of Privatization|
The downsides of removing a public good, service, or asset from public, democratic control and placing it under private control by a corporation or other private entity.
|10 questions to ask before any privatization deal|
Ten questions to ask before any privatization decision is made.
|A Guide to Understanding and Evaluating Contracts for Public Services|
This guide discusses common issues that frequently arise in government contracts for different public services.
|Insourcing often leads to better service and cost-savings|
Recent research and the experiences of numerous local and state governments show that, by bringing critical functions back under public control, service quality can be improved and cost-savings can be achieved to make the best use of public money.
|The Billionaire Behind Efforts to Kill the U.S. Postal Service|
A brief tracing Charles Koch’s connections, influence, and ideological push to weaken and ultimately privatize one of America’s most essential public services.
|Privatizing the VA: Lessons from privatized Medicaid in Kansas and Iowa|
A brief examining the experiences of Kansas and Iowa in privatizing their Medicaid programs within the context of recent pushes to privatize health care for U.S. veterans.
|How privatization increases inequality|
A report examining the ways in which the insertion of private interests into the provision of public goods and services hurts poor individuals and families, and people of color.
|Cutting Corners: How Government Contractors Harm the Public in Pursuit of Profit|
A report detailing the negative impacts on the public of cost-cutting by contractors across public goods and services and at every level of American government.
|Is Your Waste Contract Putting Your Municipality At Risk? Best Practices in Municipal Waste Contracting|
A guide providing best practices for municipalities aiming to protect their interests when contracting with private companies that provide waste management services.
|Race to the Bottom: How Outsourcing Public Services Rewards Corporations and Punishes the Middle Class|
A report detailing how outsourcing public services sets off a downward spiral in which reduced worker wages and benefits can hurt the local economy and overall stability of middle and working class communities.
|Closing the Books: How Government Contractors Hide Public Records|
Case studies that illustrate how private contractors hide three key types of information: the fees they charge the public; how they spend public funds; and details on the quality of public services.
|Standing Guard: How Unaccountable Contracting Fails Governments and Taxpayers|
A report discussing common problems and the real world consequences of lax oversight in government contracting, with policy recommendations to help cities and states improve their oversight.
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