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A 'Public Employees Bill of Rights'?


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San Francisco police officers look on as a Dept. of Public Works worker cleans the street near 'Occupy' protesters on Dec. 8, 2011.
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San Francisco police officers look on as a Dept. of Public Works worker cleans the street near 'Occupy' protesters on Dec. 8, 2011.

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

Guests:

  • 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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