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Analysis: Skepticism should be part of every privatization deal

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Then-Hoosier Lottery head Karl Browning said three years ago he could see “no scenario” in which the state could produce – on its own – the revenue and profits that a private vendor promised it could. Turns out that private firm – GTECH – couldn’t do it either. In […]

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Officials raise stink about smelly toll road toilets

By Hannah Troyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The travel plaza restrooms located along the Indiana Toll Road stink. Literally. That’s according to Rep. David Niezgodski, D-South Bend, who alerted state transportation officials about the problem – and found they weren’t surprised. In fact, the state had already notified the company leasing the toll road that the […]

Commentary: Going private keeps taking its toll

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Commentary: Going private keeps taking its toll

By Dan Carpenter TheStatehouseFile.com The money from the Indianapolis water-sewer utility sale is gone, and rates are going up, as the city told us would happen, sale or no sale. The money from the Indianapolis parking meter sale is gone, and rates have risen and billable hours have lengthened, with the collections flowing past city […]

Commentary: Public-private partnerships, profit and public service

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Commentary: Public-private partnerships, profit and public service

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Chris Cotterill, former chief of staff for Mayor Greg Ballard, says outsourcing made it possible for Indianapolis to upgrade the technology and improve the service of the city’s parking meters. He says it was the only way to get it done because all government budgets are tight and options […]

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Lottery will hire GTECH to help it generate $500 million more over five years

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Hoosier Lottery board voted Wednesday to hire a private company to oversee sales, marketing and other operations with the goal of earning the state about $2.1 billion in additional revenue through 2028. The board chose Rhode Island-based GTECH – a firm providing similar services to the lottery in […]

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Hoosier Lottery postpones decision on private vendor; considers proposals in executive session

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosier Lottery commission members met behind closed doors Wednesday to review proposals from two private companies seeking to take over the marketing, promotions and ticket distribution for the gambling operation in an effort to boost the state’s take from the games. Publicly, the board put off a decision on […]