Connecticut: The Promised Land For Privatization?
Imagine renewing your driver's license from the comfort of home, using your computer. Or government agencies with the ability to share information, avoiding such debacles as a foster family charged with abuse by one agency being licensed to offer day care by another. That's the vision that is being offered to voters by Connecticut Governor John G. Rowland. He wants to hand over virtually all of the state's information-technology systems, covering some 65 agencies, to a private company in a seven-year, $1 billion deal--the most sweeping government outsourcing effort by any state. "I want our government to be smarter, better, faster," says Rowland.
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