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.
Roger Dickinson, California assemblyman (D) representing the 9th District
Jon Ortiz, reporter, blogger and columnist covering state workers for the Sacramento Bee
Robert Smith, reporter for Planet Money
Donald Cohen, chair of In the Public Interest, a non-profit resource center
Adrian Moore, vice president of policy at the Reason Foundation, a free market think tank based in Los Angeles