While the privatization of governmental activities may have begun as an effort to obtain efficiency gains, increasingly privatization transactions have become a mechanism for surreptitiously borrowing money. One city’s 2008 decision to “sell” its parking meters for $1.56 billion provides a perfect example of this sort of revenue-driven “privatization.” The technique is almost infinitely expandable, and is increasingly attractive to cash-strapped governments seeking to avoid explicit tax increases or debt issuances. The Article lays out the difficulties engendered when municipalities incur debt through privatization transactions, and suggests legal changes that, if adopted, may reduce localities’ incentive to engage in inefficient transactions.
Volume 95 - No. 6
- Note: Address Confidentiality and Real Property Records: Safeguarding Interests in Land While Protecting Battered Women
- The Missing Pieces of Geoengineering Research Governance
- The Moral Psychology of Copyright Infringement
- Of Mice and Men: On the Seclusion of Immigration Detainees and Hospital Patients
- Public Enforcement Compensation and Private Rights
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