Sep 21, 2017

Air Traffic Control’s No. 1 job is safety; creating separate nonprofit unwise

The case for a privatization or corporatization of U.S. air traffic control remains to be made. FAA is charged by some privatization advocates as being too “risk-averse.” I don’t know about you, but when I’m sitting in a chair, in the sky, I like risk-averse.

Mar 14, 2014

Attack on public education in Arizona needs to stop

We, the school district leaders in Arizona, are troubled that some of our current elected and appointed state leadership seem unwilling to provide a quality education for all of Arizona’s children.

Feb 16, 2012

Report slams Arizona private prisons

A citizen oversight committee says privately-run prisons in Arizona are not cost-effective and are more difficult to monitor than state prisons.

Sep 14, 2011

Judge refuses to immediately halt private prison bidding process

A Maricopa County Superior Court judge refused today to immediately put a stop to the bidding process for private prisons to house 5,000 inmates.

Sep 6, 2011

Cost-benefit study of prisons late, but state going ahead with 5,000 more private beds 

The Department of Corrections has long been out of compliance with a law requiring the director to complete a cost-benefit analysis comparing private and state-run prisons every two years. 

DOC Director Charles Ryan, who took over the job in January 2009, said he started working on his analysis a few months ago. 

But House Minority Leader Chad Campbell insists that’s not [...]

Jul 25, 2011

Antenori turns to gentler touch on 2012 privatization bill

In his quest for privatized city services, Sen. Frank Antenori is hoping he can get around the cities’ opposition and the governor’s veto stamp with a gentler touch — at least to a point.

Jul 21, 2011

Brewer-appointed privatization commission issues long-awaited report, recommends more privatization

The Commission on Privatization and Efficiency released its long-awaited report, nearly eight months after it was originally scheduled for completion.

Apr 28, 2011

Brewer vetoes privatization bill for city services

Gov. Jan Brewer has vetoed a bill to require two most populous cities to consider awarding contracts to private businesses to perform some city services.

Jan 6, 2011

Arizona privatization commission misses deadline

With the legislative session about to start, a commission appointed by Gov. Jan Brewer has missed a year-end deadline to recommend steps that the state can take to privatize services and improve efficiency of programs.

Sep 22, 2010

Panel suggests steps to make Arizona more efficient

A commission Tuesday recommended initial steps that it says will make Arizona's state government more efficient, including the adoption of a long-term plan to privatize more government functions.

Aug 20, 2010

Brewer stands by private prisons despite lapses

Gov. Jan Brewer is standing by Arizona's use of private prisons despite a Corrections Department report saying the escape of three inmates followed numerous security lapses at the privately operated facility.

May 14, 2010

Burns orchestrated state comp fund privatization amid some concerns

Senate President Bob Burns helped hurry the passage of a bill, signed into law by Gov. Jan Brewer on May 7, which cuts ties between the State Compensation Fund and state government.