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Paul May - When government should operate like a business

Saturday, October 15, 2016   (0 Comments)
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“I want the government to run like a business.”

This statement has been made by countless citizens, frustrated with perceived government mismanagement and political shenanigans. Others counter that government should not function as a business—government provides community services which require empathy, collaboration between groups, and compromise. Perhaps this paradox is best resolved by making a distinction between the provision of municipal goods and municipal services.

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