Panel OKs bill on privatizing some services

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  • Privatize UTA
    Feb. 8, 2008 3:23 p.m.

    This is the area of greatest need.

    We have just found out that UTA has mislead the public into voting $5 billion in new taxes.

    It turns out TRAX is very slow growing. It grows ridership only when new lines are opened.

    Their market share is still just 1%.

    We are giving them $17 billion in the hope their market share might jump to 2%

    Their service to large areas of the Wasatch Front has never been worse..never! There is almost no full day bus service beyond 90th South in Salt Lake County. A lot of people live out that way.

    Privatize them. Service will improve. And, save $10 billion!

  • Derek
    Feb. 8, 2008 10:18 a.m.

    Bob G--I think you are just completely wrong on this issue. What evidence do you have that privatizing government services leads to poor quality and corruption? I would appreciate you specifically mentioning it rather than vaguely alluding to it. The evidence rather supports the argument that government provides inefficient services relevant to the private sector. Health care is a great example. Compare American health care to British health care. The Brits have rationing problems (e.g. long lines) and poorer quality health care, all because its the government provides the service. On the other hand, people come from all over the world to get health care in the US, which is provided privately for the most part.

    Your assertion that we would lose all control of the services is completely unfounded. If costs continually increase, the government always has the right not to renew the contract and go somewhere else or provide the service again themselves. Also, the contract becomes the medium for controling how that service is provided. If a private provider won't agree to the terms, you go somewhere else. There will have to be oversight, but that's required whether the service comes from government or privately.

  • Rob
    Feb. 8, 2008 9:47 a.m.

    Giving to the private sector does not mean Utah Socialism won't be represented by cross over nepotism. e.g. Child Protection division of the AG and their affair with junk psyco-therapy.

  • privatization the new vouchers
    Feb. 8, 2008 8:39 a.m.

    Pass this bill and we'll see public ed back on the list next year as an entity to be privatized after elections are over. Vote against Frank.

    I'll take privatization bills seriously when we don't have to shop at government stores in order to buy liquor in Utah.

  • Question
    Feb. 8, 2008 7:55 a.m.

    Can we start privatization with liquor stores?

  • Bob G
    Feb. 8, 2008 5:03 a.m.

    Although it looks good on paper to privatize some services it is not that good of a deal. For one is the quaility of services and then the escalating cost these service contractors always negotiate up to cost even more than what it was costing government to do. It is always much harder to change the contracts of services when the negotations of contracts were not properly researched by the government side and we end up with a conglomeration outsourced jobs with inefficient and over costly services. Then there is the problem of security and cost control by the government when privatizing. Government agency's should not be privatized, even for services because we then lose any controls of that protion of government and services. With these privatizations the government must also create a watchdog group to monitor the quality and cost of services which often times comes under corruption and bribes from these contractors. We have seen many times the pitfalls of government turning over its duties to privitization and how inefficient it becomes and the cost overruns it eventually succombs to. Do not privatize government jobs that are always turning in to nightmare organizations.