Merrimack College student Kara Smith student teaching at the Lawrence Family Development Charter School, in Lawrence, MA on December 7, 2010.
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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.



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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.



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