Tag:privatization

  • Wielding the Tool Wisely

    North Carolina state and local agencies already contract out or partner with private entities to perform many tasks. In fact, they couldn’t function without private vendors.

  • Critical Condition in Emergency Response

    Private-ambulance official Marc Pickard is clearly frustrated as he explains why a Lenoir County man who suffered a stroke last week did not receive faster medical attention. Even though Pickard's company, Convalescent Transport, sits across the street from the stroke victim’s house, county law prevented its ambulance from responding. Instead,…

  • State Sours on Private Prisons

    RALEIGH — The biennial state budget signed June 30 by Gov. Mike Easley provided for the construction of three prisons in North Carolina. In addition, the General Assembly authorized the state to purchase what once was its only two significant private prisons from Correctional Properties Trust, the company that owns…

  • Call. 16: ‘Will UNC Ever Take Privatization Seriously’?

    A new study by the Pope Center for Higher Education Policy finds that the UNC system uses criteria that inhibit its ability to contract out various services. These criteria, known as "outsourcing criteria/guidelines," apply to all UNC-system schools and were recently part of the Outsourcing Steering Committee's decision not to…

  • Call. 11: Report Discourages Privatization of Housekeeping at UNC-CH

    According to a report by Roesel, Kent and Associates of Marietta, Ga., privatization of residence hall housekeeping at UNC-CH would not save money and would, infact, cost the university an additional $59,620. To arrive at that figure, RKA & Associates compared in-house and contracting out cost over a five year…