Cities across the country are being forced to outsource or privatize many of their basic civic services like janitors, police and trash collectors due to huge budget deficits. The moves are saving millions.
Jul 21, 2010 The Wall Street Journal
The City of Maywood, California has completely outsourced all of its civic services and turned local officials into contract workers. Though some worried the city would crumble, it's actually taken a turn for the better.
Jul 20, 2010 The New York Times
The recession is causing San Francisco to tighten its belt. Budget cuts are falling heavily on the city's health and human services.
Apr 13, 2009 The Christian Science Monitor