Michigan Privatization Report

Privatization Keeps on Truckin'

MPR1998-02 : Spring 1998

Privatization takes off in a special transportation issue, including feature articles on privatizing the nation's airports and air traffic control system, privatization and Detroit's port authority, and private driver's education. Other features discuss competitively contracted transit services, ending Amtrak subsidies, and the new book Curb Rights. 20 pages. … more

Rooting Out Privatization Opportunities

MPR1998-01 : Winter 1998

Feature stories: One city's privatization of its public works department; county dental service privatization; private schools and the difficult-to-educate. Other articles include the privatization of Michigan's state-owned railroads; how civil service rules affect privatization, and how one family is privatizing welfare one person at a time. 20 pages. … more

Schools and Privatization

MPR1997-03 Fall 1997

Privatization's Pitfalls

MPR1997-02 : Spring 1997

Feature stories: Accounting for all costs when comparing in-house to contractor costs, perceptions of privatizations that failed, common antiprivatization arguments and responses, and lessons from Michigan's failures in privatization of campground reservations and liquor businesses. Other articles include an interview with Ken McGinnis, director of the Michigan department of corrections, and the story of Detroit's first electric lighting monopoly. … more

Workers of the World, Privatize!

MPR1997-01 : Winter 1997

Feature stories: Big labor's antiprivatization techniques, OSHA's failure to improve workplace safety, and the possible forced unionization of temporary workers. Other articles include an interview with Ronald Reagan's first appointee to the National Labor Relations Board, Robert Hunter, and a review of how project labor agreements discriminate against nonunion workers and drive up construction costs. … more

Privatization's Natural Resource: Public Goods, Private Efforts

MPR1996-04 : Fall 1996

Private efforts to treat municipal wastewater, monitor and maintain clean watersheds, make rational recycling choices, and purchase and sell air emission credits can protect the environment. Other articles include an interview with State Representative Howard Wetters on encouraging voluntary environmental compliance audits, and the story of a private wetlands developer and his amazing journey from environmental visionary to fugitive from justice. 20 pages. … more

Privatization's Big Picture

MPR1996-03 : Summer 1996

This issue frames privatization's big picture: an AFSCME labor union chief who embraces privatization, private prison successes, the role of private business in fostering civil society, an interview with the public school superintendent whose district is contracting with The Edison Project, and the regulatory extermination of America's jitney bus industry. 20 pages. … more

Back to School with Privatization!

MPR1996-02 : Spring 1996

Michigan schools are using privatization to improve service and return more dollars to the classroom. Feature articles include school privatization in Pinckney, Baltimore (Maryland), and Montabella school districts. Other features include organized labor's pro-outsourcing heritage, public housing, budget challenges in Ecorse and Saginaw, and an interview with the state of Michigan's chief information officer. … more

Privatization to the Rescue!

MPR1996-01 : Winter 1996

Privatization comes to the rescue in feature articles on private security, emergency medical services, and emergency vehicle maintenance. Other features include a discussion of municipal golf courses; a summary of privatization efforts around Michigan; interviews with Phil Arthurhultz of the Michigan Liquor Control Commission and Robert Poole of the Reason Foundation; and MPR's first book review which checks out Revolution at the Roots by Bill Eggers and John O'Leary. … more

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