The Public Good Rule Categories

At the dawn of our Republic the word “public” was esteemed and often connected to the word “good”. Today all things public are under attack: public libraries, public schools, public arts, public health, public assets in general. The commons, that is, those things that we own collectively and can access freely or at very low cost, is dramatically shrinking, and with it our sense of community and interconnectedness. The justification, say the advocates of privatization, is that the public is inefficient and wasteful. But many, many studies have found that public management is at least as efficient as private management, decision making is much more localized and the company/agency is far, far more responsive to its “customers”.


Anti-Privatization Initiatives

Antitrust Policies

Asset Building – Individual Development Accounts

Banning Public Subsidies for Big Retailers

Campaign Finance Reform

Closing State Corporate Tax Loopholes: Throwback Rules

Community Broadband – Grant of Authority to Municipalities – Vermont

Credit Unions

Depositing Public Funds in Local Banks

Financial Transaction Tax

Formula Business Restrictions

Glass-Steagall Act & the Volcker Rule


Internet Sales Tax Fairness

Municipal Telecommunications Enabling Legislation – Maine

Neighborhood-Serving Zones

Open Source / Open Standards

Open Standards and Open Access in Vancouver, Canada

Pharmacy Equity Laws

Pharmacy Ownership Laws

Public Banks: Bank of North Dakota

Residency Requirements – Providence

Single-Payer and Universal Health Care

Special Tax on Large Stores


Tax-Base Sharing

The Courts and the Privatization of Civil Service

Unified Development Budget – Texas

Unified Development Budgets

Universal Access to Pre-School