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The City Café

For those interested in sharing ideas and perspectives regarding local government.

Is there a limit to what services government should provide? Who draws the line? I think the debate between providing public services and competing with private sector is a great discussion. I used find myself strongly in the libertarian camp, but have come to appreciate many of the public programs/services local government provides (maybe not so much with the federal govt). I also think there are a number of citizens that are looking to government to provide more and more services (all with low taxes but that is another discussion).

Anyhow, if you are also interested in this debate you might enjoy a recent discussion on KCPW. Monday on Midday Metro, Roger Tew (ULCT lobbyist/attorney) and Senator Howard Stephenson (R-Draper, President of the Utah Taxpayers Assoc.) debated the issue for 20+ minutes. Sen. Stephenson advocates at a minimum a process to review what local government ought to do and ought not to do. Roger advocates a more democratic process of determining what services should be provided based on the voters and the elected officials of each jurisdiction (maybe city X wants a rec center, city Y a golf course, etc).

Senator Stephenson also suggests the possible idea of doing away with state liquor stores and turning liquor sales over to the private sector…the interview is worth listening to: Midday Metro Monday, July 16, 2007

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