The November Topic Meeting will be a discussion of the upcoming Privatization Study. Please join us on Thursday, November 17, from 11:30am-1:00pm, at Anne Borg’s house, to learn more about the study.
Background information: at the 2010 LWVUS Convention, the delegates voted to have two consensus studies for 2010-2012. The first study was the recently completed study on the role of the federal government in public education; the second study is about privatization. The scope of the study is: “the purpose of this study is to identify those parameters and policy issues to be considered in connection with proposals to transfer federal, state or local government services, assets and/or functions to the private sector. It will review the stated goals and the community impact of such transfers, and identify strategies to ensure transparency, accountability, and preservation of the common good.”
In the past several years, many public services, assets, and functions have been outsourced to the private sector; there are many proposals to outsource others. Some of the services considered for privatization include: water, roads and other modes of transportation, infrastructure, fire fighting services, prisons, library services, education, voters services, military, utilities, and others.
We will have lunch available, and hope that you can join us!
For more information, or if you are interested in working on the study, please call 617-383-4598 or email [email href=”email@example.com”]firstname.lastname@example.org[/email].