Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Government contracts, of course, are nothing new or revolutionary. Scholars estimate that about half of American tax money goes to government contractors. But the push for further contracting is controversial. The movements to increase privatization, on one hand, or to resist it, on the other, are both fueled by political ideology and economic self interest.
Prop. C is controversial and highly politicized. It has pitted labor unions against local business interests. It has the support of Mayor Jerry Sanders. Some members of the City Council have spoken out against it.
, professor of urban planning and public affairs at Columbia University and author of
You Don’t Always Get What You Pay For: The Economics of Privatization.
, president of the Performance Institute and San Diego Citizens for Accountable Government. He is speaking of behalf of the “Yes on B & C” c38aign.
- Donald Cohen , executive director of the Center on Policy Initiatives. He is opposed to Proposition C.