November 22, 2009, 5am PST
Chicago's decision to privatize its parking meters seems to be a loss for the city, as new data shows the city could have made much more money in the long term had they maintained operational management.
November 4, 2009, 10am PST
Puerto Rico seems to be at the head of the pack in terms of jobs created by the federal stimulus bill. But the news isn't all sunny from the island territory, as the governor moves to slash thousands of public sector jobs.
Christian Science Monitor
September 23, 2009, 7am PDT
A federal pro-privatization transit rule, which prevents local transit agencies from competing with private bus services on providing service to special events, could see an end in Washington State with this year's transportation spending bill.
June 8, 2009, 10am PDT
It was hailed as the solution to America's infrastructure spending deficit, but the influx of private funds has come to halt along with the failure of banks and the huge investment from the Recovery Act. Plus, many schemes aroused taxpayers wrath.
The New York Times - Economy
May 8, 2009, 9am PDT
Jacksonville, Florida is hoping private funding will come through to save the city's parks, which officials say they can't afford to build or maintain.
May 7, 2009, 2pm PDT
A Georgia town that had outsourced its municipal services to a private company is ending its contract, citing budgetary restraints.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
April 6, 2009, 2pm PDT
The U.S. PIRG Education Fund has released a study of privatized toll roads across the United States, and concludes that they pose 'a long-term threat to the public interest.'
January 18, 2009, 11am PST
Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl is considering a plan to raise extra money for his city by leasing public parking spaces and garages to a private company.
December 4, 2008, 12pm PST
For $1.16 billion, Chicago Parking Meters LLC, has won the rights to manage Chicago's parking meters. This is one step the city has taken to ease budget shortfalls.
October 29, 2008, 2pm PDT
China's Communist ruling party has agreed to allow farmers to transfer land use rights for farming. The plan is designed to consolidate landholdings, discourage uneconomic farmers, and boost rural incomes for 750 million people.
Christian Science Monitor
October 2, 2008, 10am PDT
Midway Airport may become the first U.S. airport to be privatized if the 99-year lease for $2.52 billion is approved by the City Council and F.A.A., following in the footsteps of privatizing the Chicago Skyway toll road in 2005.
August 28, 2008, 2pm PDT
Burned in so many different markets, private investors are now looking at city infrastructure as a safe bet.
August 11, 2008, 11am PDT
As the economy continues to struggle, many expect governments to increasingly look at privatizing roads and other infrastructure.
July 21, 2008, 6am PDT
<p>A new Federal regulation will deny funding to public transit services for routes oriented to meeting the needs of public schools, with the aim of encouraging school boards to contract with private bus operators instead.</p>
Campaign for America's Future
May 20, 2008, 2pm PDT
<p>Though the deal still needs approval from the Pennsylvania legislature, the state hopes to generate over $1 billion a year for road, bridge and transit improvements from the proceeds.</p>
The Philadelphia Inquirer