by David Stokes
February 14, 2014
Cities and counties throughout Missouri have successfully used privatization of government services to save money and improve services in their communities. However, privatization needs to be a larger consideration within Missouri state and local governments, whether it involves outsourcing to private management firms, contracting with non-profits, or outright sale of non-core government assets. The private sector can save money, it can expand services, and it can sometimes do both for certain public services. When government officials choose to look at all the options, sometimes privatization will be the right one. Sometimes it will not, but considering a change could instigate public sector improvement. When more Missouri policymakers and officials look at the many possibilities privatization offers, all Missourians will come out ahead.