Thu, Mar 8, 2012 -- 9:00 AM
A 'Public Employees Bill of Rights'?Download audio (MP3)
Cash-strapped state and local governments are increasingly looking to privatization as a way to cut costs. But opponents, such as California Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, say state workers are more dedicated and get the job done better than outside contractors. Dickinson has introduced a bill to that effect, called a "Public Employees Bill of Rights." We debate the costs and benefits of privatizing public services.
Host: Michael Krasny
- Roger Dickinson, California assemblyman (D) representing the 9th District
- Adrian Moore, vice president of policy at the Reason Foundation, a free market think tank based in Los Angeles
- Donald Cohen, chair of In the Public Interest, a non-profit resource center
- Jon Ortiz, reporter, blogger and columnist covering state workers for the Sacramento Bee
- Robert Smith, reporter for Planet Money
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