In case there was any doubt, New York State will not be saved by privatization.
Governor Paterson on Monday released the findings of his New York State Commission on Asset Maximization, an 86-page document that calls for a series of privatization measures designed to save the state money and improve its infrastructure.
Its recommendations seemed politically cautious, at least when compared with other public-private partnerships and new revenue strategies attempted around the country in recent years. (For instance, Delaware is legalizing sports gambling, Chicago tried a $2.5 billion deal to privatize its Midway airport; the governor of Pennsylvania has been trying to lease out the state’s turnpike).
A few of the recommendations:
Allowing SUNY to parcel off pieces of its campuses for long-term leases with developers.