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Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard shows others how to get it done

Posted: December 17, 2012 at 5:00 pm   /   by

150 days to get a new trash cart . . .

20% of calls being dropped . . .

One billion dollars behind on infrastructure repairs . . .

A city-owned water company that the city bought for 500 million in 2002 and had accrued 900 million dollars in debt in less than a decade . . .

This is what happens when you let government run things. Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard has shown that all of these problems can be fixed with private solutions.

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When Greg Ballard was elected mayor of Indianapolis in 2008, he knew his job wouldn’t be easy. Like so many cities in the U.S., Indianapolis was struggling to provide services and projecting a budget shortfall of 150 million dollars in 2012.

Unlike most other cities, however, Indianapolis has become more efficient over the past four years. Under Ballard’s leadership, the city pursued a variety of innovative approaches, including a partnership with a private firm to manage the city’s water and waste water, that have improved services and restored the city’s financial health.

It is possible for government to be more efficient. It is possible to privatize some government services.

Libertarianism works. Big government doesn’t.

 

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Christopher Cook

Managing Editor at Western Free Press
Christopher Cook is a writer, editor, and political commentator. He is the president of Castleraine, Inc., a consulting firm providing a diverse array of services to corporate, public policy, and not-for-profit clients.

Ardently devoted to the cause of human freedom, he has worked at the confluence of politics, activism, and public policy for more than a decade. He co-wrote a ten-part series of video shorts on economics, and has film credits as a researcher on 11 political documentaries, including Citizens United's notorious film on Hillary Clinton that became the subject of a landmark Supreme Court decision. He is the founder of several activist endeavors, including AnyStreet.org (now a part of Western Free Press) and Liberatchik.com. He is currently the managing editor of and principal contributor to WesternFreePress.com.
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Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard shows others how to get it done