On January 19, Governor Thomas W. Corbett's spokesman Kevin Harley told the press, "The governor is a proponent of bold privatization. That has been his consistent position from day one - and it hasn't changed." In line with this philosophy, Corbett has proposed to privatize the Pennsylvania Lottery, and the state's wine and spirit shops.
Jay Sweeney, chair of the GPPA (
While Corbett is a Republican, he is following in the footsteps of Governor Edward Rendell (a Democrat), who proposed the privatization of the Pennsylvania Turnpike and initiated the privatization of public schools and state prisons. Rendell also began the privatization of
The Green Party has long been opposed to the looting of public assets by private business for the purpose of enriching the business owners at the expense of the public. The Green Party's national platform as early as 2004 said that Greens " stand firmly opposed to privatization and contracting-out of public services. A government that works for us would provide critical goods and services that should not be run for profit.". .
Because of their political analysis, the Green Party has supported campaigns against the privatization of public education, water supplies and other natural resources, parks and recreation, the military and police, libraries, broadcast airwaves, prisons and Social Security. This includes the Green Party of Luzerne County which took a stand against privatization of parking lots in
In August 2011, GPPA came out against the privatization of PA Wine and Spirit Shops. Then-Chair of the Green Party I.K. Samways (
In May, 2012, The Green Party of Philadelphia published its own plan to save the city's troubled public education system. The second of four points in the Green Party's Proposal for
Then in June 2012, the Green Party of Philadelphia came out against the privatization of the Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW) by Democratic Party Mayor Michael Nutter. "Privatization of basic utilities is the most egregious example of erring on the side of profit for the few at the expense of the needs of the many," said Belinda Davis, then GPOP Treasurer. "After the most recent examples of corporate greed and its disastrous effects, why would the city even think of selling PGW, except as a short-term budgetary fix? This is short-sighted in the extreme, and the residents of
At the PA kickoff for the Green Party's presidential ticket in September 2012, Carl Romanelli, then-chair of GPPA, explained that Greens demand an end to the privatization of mass incarceration. Romanelli said, "It is wrong for people to be put in jail just to service the prison-industrial complex. Our country (with five percent of the world's population) now has 25 percent of the world's prisoners. The presidential candidates from the two corporate parties refuse to talk about this."