GREENSTEIN & DeANGELO: ‘PRIVATIZATION OF STATE SERVICES MAY COST TAXPAYERS MORE’

Assemblywoman Linda Greenstein and Assemblyman Wayne DeAngelo had the following published in The Times of Trenton:

“Proceed with caution. That should have been the subtitle of the report released July 9 by Gov. Christie’s Task Force on Privatization, which recommended the privatization of 40 state functions. The “opportunities” presented by the task force range from ghosts of privatization past, such as motor vehicle inspection stations, to new areas, such as privatizing the state’s one-stop centers that help with training and assistance for unemployed residents and privatizing state parks that are currently free for public use.

“While the report was presented as a means of saving state taxpayer dollars and trimming back the state’s role in certain services, the real impact of privatization could be extraordinarily costly to the public. We find fault with many aspects of the report, which, if adopted, will ultimately mean more residents will be taking money out of their own pockets…”


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