Arizona Urged to Privatize Parks

From the AZ Daily Star

The state should pursue more opportunities to turn parks over to private companies, or at least let them operate retail concessions, a panel appointed by Gov. Jan Brewer to study government recommended Tuesday.The initial report by the Commission on Privatization and Efficiency suggested turning more of government over to the private sector. Members also want to push Congress to repeal laws that now prohibit the state from letting private firms set up shop in rest areas along interstate highways.

But state Gaming Director Mark Brnovich, whom Brewer named to head the panel, said this is only the first step. He said the nine-member commission, all handpicked by the governor, is predisposed to believe that if a government service can be privatized, it probably should be.

“Like the governor, members of the commission are strong believers in the free-enterprise system and the free market,” Brnovich said in an interview. “History has shown that the private sector is able to come up with innovative and, very often, cost-effective solutions to problems.”

Brnovich acknowledged that private companies, unlike government, must make a profit. But he said commission members don’t see this as meaning higher costs for taxpayers.

“The free-market system, capitalism, works because folks are forced to come up with better ideas and create greater efficiencies and come up with new innovations,” Brnovich said. He calls it the “Yellow Book test.”

One Comment

  1. Ted Rado:

    For many decades, it has been very apparent to me that anything that can be done by competitive private enterprise is a HUGE improvement over the government doing it. If you charge too much for your product and make excessive profits, competitors are drawn into the business and prices come down. Likewise, making a shoddy product drives you out of business. Treating employees badly makes maintaining a motivated, loyal, and enthusiastic staff impossible. Etc, etc.

    In the government, the less efficiently a department is run, the more employees it has. The manager consequently has a higher grade and salary. If the service rendered is bad, the customers (citizens) have no recourse. This could not occur in the competitive private sector.

    Why anyone in their right mind wants to have the government do anything more than the minimum possible is beyond understanding. Perhaps the demonization of profit creates this situation. These folks forget that profit or lack thereof is what drives capital to its most effective use.