Are you an elected official?
The recent survey of Michigan Privatization Report (MPR) readers has yielded a
bonanza of information. Of the 14,000 school board members, mayors, city council,
legislators and legislative staff, as well as business leaders who receive MPR each
Seventy-three percent of respondents said that MPR heightens their awareness of
privatization and 83% said MPR makes them more likely to consider privatizing.
Sixty-five percent noted that their organization or government had contracted for some
service in the past three years.
Seventy-three percent believed that their organization or government would contract out
in the next two years.
Sixty-five percent pass MPR on to a friend or colleague.
Sixty-three percent control a budget that exceeds $1 million.
Nationwide, American governments annually contract with the private sector for
$100 billion in products and services.
The survey confirmed that MPR serves an important role in facilitating knowledge
of privatization and competition. The MPR staff has also learned a lot from the
personal comments gleaned from telephone interviews.
Phillip Settles of Kalamazoo suggested that we provide more in the way of follow-up
stories to see how privatization initiatives pay off in the long run
J.L. Stone of St. Johns believes that we could not improve on MPR: "You are
In a brief telephone conversation, Councilman Archie Crawford of Cement City noted that
he throws MPR in the garbage as soon as he gets it.
The MPR staff couldn’t help but find it unfortunate for the citizens of
Cement City that Councilman Crawford gives so little thought to powerful, money saving
privatization options. Nationwide, American governments annually contract with the private
sector for $100 billion in products and services. Savings of 15%-40% are not uncommon in
the privatization of municipal services. MPR provides information about
privatization successes and failures so that decision makers can make educated choices
about how to allocate scarce resources.
Two other themes discovered in reader responses included requests for articles with
greater detail and the desire for MPR to "get into the nitty gritty."
One recommendation—suspending the quarterly "interview" section of MPR—has
been implemented with this issue.
The images show a statistical breakdown of important survey questions and answers by