privatization

10/31/2015

By Alan Greenblatt, November, 2015

Several states have decided the way to juice up economic development is to turn it over to a corporation outside the government bureaucracy. Is it working?

A Fiery P3 Hearing in Illinois

I just returned from a trip to Springfield to testify before the Illinois House of Representatives on an economic development privatization proposal, but the chaotic scene was more reminiscent of the UK's House of Commons.

05/19/2015

By Mary Bottari May 20, 2015

During the 2010 campaign for governor, Scott Walker famously promised to create 250,000 jobs in his first term.

Toward this end, one of his first acts as governor was to privatize the state's economic development agency.

05/18/2015

By Mike Ivey May 19, 2015

While a questionable loan to a Walker campaign donor that recently came to light has Democrats calling for a federal investigation, watchdog groups have long noted problems with quasi-private economic development agencies like the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.

Wisconsin’s Privatized Jobs Agency Criticized Again

The evidence continues to mount against the notion that privatized economic development agencies are a responsible means to promote state  economic development  A new audit of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) echoes previous findings in outlining missteps at the agency.