Why do we assume government does it best?
His article focuses on FEMA’s slow response to Hurricane Katrina, especially compared with the response provided by private businesses. Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club and Home Depot had trucks on the road almost immediately to deliver desperately needed food, water and supplies quickly and efficiently, while the government response took days and weeks. Though his example is federal, his point is perfectly applicable to state government as well.
Why do we continue to assume that government is often the best provider of services?
One poster on a previous thread suggested the Cost Cutting Caucus was merely a nickel and dime operation in comparison to the actual magnitude of the budget.
But the Caucus’s focus is on critical changes needed in the overall operations of government—changes that can save thousands to millions initially, and over time save a significant portion of the state’s budget. Do we want Virginia run more like FEMA or more like a business?
Are there private sector alternatives that can provide services in a more cost effective and efficient manner, better serving both the consumers of these services and the taxpayer?
Geoff and Norm have both pointed out examples in highway maintenance. Norm also mentioned ABC stores.
Geoff had a thorough post on key bills this year, but I think this warrants more discussion. From specific examples (ie privatization of prison food service) to overall evaluation and reform (ie HB1295 creating the Council on Government Accountability & Efficiency), we have a real opportunity to rethink the way government delivers services to Virginians.
Will we accept the status quo or challenge ourselves to do better?