by Jim Nintzel
Gov. Jan Brewer deserves thanks for vetoing several bills this week, including the loony birther bill and legislation that would have allowed guns on campus.
It goes to show that Brewer is taking the public's opinion into account on some of the stuff that coming out of the Legislature—and so we're suggesting you call her up and ask her to veto SB 1322, which would force the cities of Tucson and Phoenix to take bids so that private companies can take over running nearly everything the city does, from the transportation department to the parks to Tucson Water.
The fact is: The city already farms out all kinds of business when appropriate: Private companies bid on road projects and Tucson Water takes bids from pipeline companies. But the overall transportation and water system should be managed by city employees, not private companies. This is privatization ad absurdum—and instead of some fantasy where private entrepreneurs take over our parks and turn them into paradise, it's more likely to create big expenses, miles of red tape and disastrous results. This will basically destroy the city as we now know it, which is the aim Sen. Frank Antenori, who sponsored it. (And that's not just us talking; Republican City Councilman Steve Kozachik has said the same thing.)
So call Gov. Brewer at 1-(800) 253-0883. (It's toll-free!) Or visit her Web page to leave a comment. Let her know you think it's a bad idea and you'd be grateful if she'd reject it.