IL: How exactly is privatization better, Mr. Governor?
Crain's Chicago Business Gov. Bruce Rauner assures us that turning over economic development to a new private organization will make Illinois “more competitive at a reduced cost to taxpayers.” Sounds great, but what makes him so sure?
DC: DC Toll Operators Are Scamming, Drivers Say
Courthouse News The operators of toll roads in the D.C. metro area assess illegal penalties against drivers over misfiring E-Z passes, a federal class action says.
LA: Privatization deals leave schools stuck with 'legacy costs'
The Town Talk LSU’s medical schools in New Orleans and Shreveport are struggling to pay millions of dollars in insurance, retiree and maintenance costs left to them from the privatization of the state’s charity hospitals.
Editorial: Illiana findings disappoint, then disappear
The Chicago Tribune IL taxpayers spent $112,500 for a study to determine whether the proposed Illiana toll road would qualify for a key federal construction loan. Then-Gov. Pat Quinn didn't get the answer he was looking for, and the information ended up in a drawer.
After Christie's Privatization, N.J. Lottery Missing Targets
US News & World Report
Obama bill would ease tolling ban
The Hill The $478 billion transportation bill that the Obama administration sent to Congress this week is reigniting a debate about increasing the use of tolls to pay for new infrastructure projects.
President Saunders on Expanding Opportunity in America's Urban Areas
"We cannot gentrify our way to a better tomorrow."
NJ: On privatization, Gov. Christie should practice, not preach, government transparency
NJ.com The governor slammed the door on a bill that would have created sorely needed transparency and accountability in contracts that turn government services like the state lottery over to a private agency.
WI: State prison guards demand 1% raise they say is overdue
Journal Sentinel AFSCME guards in Wisconsin prisons shouldn't have to wait any longer to get the 1% raise given to all other state workers a year ago, argues Marty Biel, president of the Wisconsin State Employees Union in a letter to Gov. Scott Walker
Key state CYFD, corrections workers get pay increases
Albuquerque Journal Gov. Susana Martinez approved targeted 3 percent pay raises earlier this year for more than 850 state employees, including 514 caseworkers, investigators and other workers at the Children, Youth and Families Department.
Federal Government Still Shut Down; Endgame Unclear
Legislative Weekly Report In the absence of federal funds, states have begun to furlough employees and more layoffs are contemplated around the country if the federal government is not reopened.
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