Monday, June 27, 2011

Privatization Gone Awry

The Los Angeles Times does the kind of investigative reporting the Indianapolis Star used to do (before Gannett gutted the city room). Here's their story today about privatization of Indiana's public as program:

"Though the $1.37-billion project proved disastrous for many of the state's poor, elderly and disabled, it was a financial bonanza for a handful of firms with ties to Daniels and his political allies, which landed state contracts worth millions....

"All told, three politically connected firms gained from the welfare privatization effort in Indiana: ACS; the Lucas Group, a Boston-based firm that wrote the specifications for the contract; and Barnes & Thornburg, the Indianapolis law firm that lobbies for ACS and is representing the state in its suit against IBM."

Read it all here.

(And a tip of the hat to Paul K. Ogden for the reference.)

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