Freedom from Government Competition
While Del. Cline deserves the credit for bringing this to the Commonwealth, the real credit goes to President Eisenhower. In 1955 he issued Bureau of the Budget Bulletin 55-4 (the equilavent of the modern day OMB Circular) declaring that:
“(I)t is the policy of the Government of the United States to rely on commercial sources to supply the products and services the government needs. The Government shall not start or carry on any activity to provide a commercial product or service if the product or service can be procured more economically from a commercial source."
The 1999 inventory of government functions found more than 37,500 state employees performing services readily available in the private sector. A Feb 2005 Thomas Jefferson Institute study highlighted this and the potential savings - they're big (jump to page 10 and 11 for details). Its true, many of the things government does is also done in the private sector - many times in direct competition. If nothing else, contracting out basic commerical activities could be seen as a small and/or minority business growth opportunity.
Delegate Cline has submitted this bill several times - see my article in Bacon's Rebellion for a more detailed conversation.
Oh, and don't forget that private companies pay taxes on their income - so while savings are important, so would the enhanced economic activity and revenue.