I'm not seeing any real evidence on here how exactly it's going to benefit the city.
Can someone provide any real examples or links on how privitization of garbage pickup has benefitted other cities? Real examples/evidence, not anecdotal.
This is the "benefit" everyone is thinking of. Makes people feel good to stick it to someone.great idea.
fuck the union.
Ah yes, the miracle of the free market harnessed once again for the common good! Let the savings rain (or trickle?) down upon us!The incentive to privatize is simple - business will want to win the contract, and to maintain the contract in good standing lest they lose the contract the next time around. There are plenty of garbage collection companies operating in the area who would be only too happy to compete for the contract and take over. Negotiations with them would not, thankfully, have anything to do with how many sick days they can bank for life, for example.
Advocates of privatization “seldom take into account the real-world market strategies of public contracting in which establishing monopolies, influencing public officials, and obtaining hidden subsidies are commonly used to enrich private investors at public expense. When contracting is examined against these real world constraints, the evidence indicates that the market for contracted services operates less like textbook competition and more like textbook monopoly or oligopoly, in which prices are driven as much by relative bargaining power and political considerations as by underlying production cost. Contrary to the claim that privatization will lessen the political factor in operating urban transportation systems, developing experience suggests the opposite is true.” (Sclar, Schaeffer and Brandwein p. 2) The empirical record indicates several counterintuitive outcomes from privatization. For example, the cost to the tax payer goes up (Sclar, Schaeffer and Brandwein p. 3), not down. More political influence occurs, not less. (Sclar, Schaeffer and Brandwein p. 2) “
Alternatively..... how about we monopolize taxi service through the city government then, like garbage collecting and transit? We can unionize all the drivers, they can freely strike just as garbage collectors and bus drivers do. How about that?Why don't we just get slaves to do the garbage pickup then?
The bigger question here (at least for me) is not whether the private sector can/will do it better, but whether this particular service is one that needs to be provided under monopoly by the municipal government. And if it is, then why?ok I just think - especially given recent history - that we should all be taking the free market pablum with a grain of salt.
Actually that would be awesome.Alternatively..... how about we monopolize taxi service through the city government then, like garbage collecting and transit? We can unionize all the drivers, they can freely strike just as garbage collectors and bus drivers do. How about that?