Think-tank director advocates privatizing government services

Source: Debby Woodin, Joplin Globe, May 6, 2014

A public policy director at a free-market government think-tank in St. Louis talked to the Joplin Kiwanis Club on Tuesday about the privatization of government services. David Stokes, director of the local government policy for the Show-Me Institute, spoke about services that government could contract to private business that Show-Me believes would reduce costs to taxpayers. …. Still, not every service functions as well under private interests, Stokes said. “The No. 1 thing government should always do is the police powers. Nobody has ever outsourced police powers as far as I know in the United States,” he said, adding that “the government itself, the actual passing of laws, the elected and police powers are the primary things that should never be entrusted to the private sector.” The operation of parks is another area where government excels. …. Money for the Show-Me Institute has also come from funds controlled by the Koch Brothers, the Roe Foundation and the Cato Institute…..